Three local clergy will unite in a multi-faith community event deemed a "trialogue" — a three-way conversation — on a scriptural theme that unites Judaism, Christianity and Al-Islam. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Baird Center, located at 5 Mead Street in South Orange on Sunday, March 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Participating in the Trialogue will be: Pastor Rick Boyer of Prospect Presbyterian Church, Maplewood; Rabbi Alan Brill, the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University; and Imam W. Deen Shareef of Irvington's Masjid Waarith Ud Deen Mosque.
The sacrifice and miraculous restoration of a beloved son is a central, but largely overlooked, theme in Judaism, Christianity and Al-Islam, celebrated in scriptural texts on Ishmael, Isaac and Jesus. The discussion between the spiritual leaders will explore this intriguing common thread in the three traditions and its relevance for our times.
The event is sponsored by South Orange's Congregation Beth El, Masjid Waarith Ud Deen Mosque and Prospect Presbyterian Church.