Middle Top: Rabbi Joseph Kohn, A Torah scholar who frequently speaks on the difference between Judaism, the Jewish religion and Zionism, the nationalist movement, was the first speaker.
Right Top: FCM member, James Barrens presented on the subject "Practical Steps to Reconciliation."
Left Bottom: Dr. Michael Jenkins who has served as the chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference. He has been active in interfaith conferences for many years in promoting interfaith understanding especially in the Middle East
Middle Bottom: Dr. Dalia Fahmy, A professor of political science at Long Island University. She discussed democratization in the middle east and the effects of Islam a phobia on US foreign-policy.
Right Bottom: Engy Abdelkader, and attorney active in the Bridge Initiative in Washington DC.she is active in work regarding human rights, civil rights and religious freedom.
FCM considers the promotion of interfaith cooperation to be a natural manifestation of its mission. In that spirit, FCM member James M. Barrens represented FCM at "Harmony & Justice: Interfaith in Action - Working Together for the Common Good" a conference conducted on May 15th, 2016 at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Approximately 100 people of various faiths heard presentations on the topic from Christian, Islamic, and Jewish perspectives. Mr. Barrens' presentation was on the subject "Practical Steps to Reconciliation."
According to Tom Cusack, FCM President, who was in attendance and coordinated with the local organizing committee, "When society’s fear of the other is so pronounced, each outreach for understanding can be critical in moving to acceptance of ‘the other’ as a ‘neighbor and friend.’”
This event was part of the Islamic Society’s attempt to encourage constructive means of engagement between religious communities. For more information, or help organizing a similar event in your area, please contact Tom Cusack at President@FCMmail.org or Justice and Peace Chair, Carolyn Horvath at Centraloffice@FCMmail.org