ICAR Sponsors Interfaith Workshop This Weekend

Posted: January 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

On Sunday afternoon, a group of high school students from Northern Virginia will meet at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) office to discuss interfaith and intercultural issues. The “Exploring Identities” workshop is an outgrowth of discussions between ICAR Professor Richard Rubenstein and ICAR Fellow Rabbi Bruce Aft about bringing young people of different faiths together. The 20 to 30 students invited to participate are from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religious congregations in the area. The workshop will be facilitated by Aft and ICAR students.

“We’ve been trying to figure out a way to get kids together to build dialogue groups in light of Sept. 11,” says Aft, who is rabbi at Adat Reim synagogue in Springfield. “We’ll see how the kids respond and what the feedback is.” Aft anticipates the workshop will expand quickly and become part of a center for religious understanding that will eventually train people from all over the world in running interfaith workshops.

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