Tim Dyer, a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Youngsville and who is preparing to be a priest is endeavoring to bring together the Children of Abraham; the Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
The effort is designed to "educate and combat prejudices in our communities," he said. "The idea for the (project) was developed as I was examining the Episcopal Baptismal Covenant. I felt that I was not fully living into the promises I made.
"The question... that really struck home was 'Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being'?"
He continued, "Racism, prejudice and violence are all too common. Finding peace among and within our communities cannot be successful without each of us working together to defeat hatred, injustice and the stereotypical images that permeate our communities."
In offering this event to our community, our hope is to bring change and reconciliation to the world, one mind, one heart at a time," he said.
The first event was held at St. Francis last October, and he said the feedback was positive enough to encourage them to have another, which will be again at St. Francis on Saturday, September 7 at 6 p.m.
"Since the topic regarding the roles of a husband and wife in the marriage seemed to be of high interest, we decided to make that the discussion point. Speaking on behalf of the Jewish perspective will be Mr. Harvey Stone. Mr. Stone is a practicing Jew from the Warren area who is well versed in his religion and traditions. Speaking from the Muslim perspective will be Sam Quadri from the Jamestown Islamic Society. I will be speaking on behalf of the Christian perspective," he continued.
Dyer said, "One of the best ways to combat prejudices is to be able to answer the difficult questions people have, or offer correct information to those who may be misinformed."
Refreshments and finger foods like cookies, cheese, crackers and vegetable and fruit trays will be provided.