Interfaith Concerns assists with the annual Interfaith Trialogue Series sponsored by the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice (OCCJ), bringing Christians, Muslims, and Jews together for dialogue around a specific topic. This event takes place in February each year. For more information about the OCCJ's programs for greater understanding and respect among faith communities, please visit their site at http://www.occjok.org/.
Boston Avenue participates every year in the Trialogue Series, held each February on three consecutive Sundays at a Jewish, Christian, and Muslim site. The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice organizes the event, and Boston Avenue is always a key player hosting the Christian site. This is a popular event for adults of all ages who wish to discuss difficult and timely topics with members of other faith traditions.
The 34th Annual Interfaith Trialogue Series, "The Struggle for Compassion," was held on Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Peace Academy, Antioch Baptist Church, and the Jewish Federation, respectively.
Open Tables, also sponsored by OCCJ, is an interfaith program designed to bring together people from different faiths to share dinner and dialogue. During the school year, three potluck dinners are held at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. For each dinner, we ask that you bring a favorite dish to share, as well as an open mind and respect for those from different traditions. You will be seated at tables with people from other faith groups and encouraged to begin a conversation toward better understanding. There will be presentations at the dinners about the different celebrations and traditions of the various faith groups involved. Throughout the course of the year, more opportunities to attend other interfaith events will be announced.
Our upcoming potluck dinner dates are:
- November 12, 2017 at Boston Avenue Church
- January 7, 2018 at the Jewish Federation
- April 8, 2018 at the Hindu Temple
Each dinner is held on a Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of Open Tables is to build relationships and better understand persons of differing faiths. We believe that through potluck-style meals, we are feeding and being fed by our neighbors. This is a significant step in beginning a relationship with those who may have been outside our circle of experience. At interfaith tables, we hope everyone will begin to see each other not just as symbols of our religions, but as real people who are neighbors and fellow citizens of the world. While understanding is not agreement, we believe that open, honest discussion can improve our relationships and help us to better understand our own values and beliefs.