‘Loving kindness’ topic for Muslims, Jews, Christians at Sunday forum

From left, Ray Christenson, Grace Lutheran Church; Father Phillip Shaw, Trinity Episcopal Church; Umar Farooq Mahmood, Masjid-E-Ibrahim Mosque; Rabbi Mindie Snyder,Temple of the Pines Synagogue in Flagstaff; and Father Leonard Walker, of the Divine Savior Independent Catholic Community.

Photo by Aaron Ricca.

From left, Ray Christenson, Grace Lutheran Church; Father Phillip Shaw, Trinity Episcopal Church; Umar Farooq Mahmood, Masjid-E-Ibrahim Mosque; Rabbi Mindie Snyder,Temple of the Pines Synagogue in Flagstaff; and Father Leonard Walker, of the Divine Savior Independent Catholic Community.

KINGMAN – Loving Kindness will be the theme of the Kingman Unified Pastoral Associations’ second Ecumenical Forum happening Sunday.

Pastor Ray Christenson of Grace Lutheran Church will host the gathering of local religious leaders for public discussion on the faiths of Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, and Latter day Saints. Each leader will talk about what they do through their faiths to enrich people. A potluck dinner will be held after the presentations at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Christenson said the forum is a discussion, not a debate, and that the public is highly encouraged to attend and bring food.

“What we’re trying to do is talk about our commonness for the betterment of people and not the differences that divide us,” he said.

He and other religious leaders were pleased with last years’ turnout.

“They felt very good about it, but the people really enjoyed being together,” he said. Christenson received public feedback saying the event was beneficial to the entire community.

“A renewing experience for everyone that attended,” he said.

Religious leaders attending include Mahmood, Vance Miller, Stake President of the Northern Arizona Latter-day Saints, Father Phillip Shaw from Trinity Episcopal Church, Rabbi Mindie Snyder from Temple of the Pines Synagogue in Flagstaff, and Father Leonard Walker of the Divine Savior Independent Catholic Community.

Speakers will discuss their faiths. There will be a moderated question and answer sessions during the forum.

Christenson said “Loving Kindness” is a continuing theme in the Hebrew Bible.

That theme is shared by the faiths of participants and that Abraham is the fatherly link between the forum’s participating religions.

“We welcome interested community involvement,” Christenson said.

“We want to share our religious world views and not critique one another’s faith. This is an evening of fellowship, understanding and sharing.”

The event starts at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison (corner of Golden Gate and Harrison).

For more information, call Christenson at 702-544-2512 2512 or you can email Christensen at christensonray@yahoo.com.