On 6/9/2016, Pacifica Institute hosted a Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner where representatives of multiple faiths have gathered to break bread together for Iftar, the fast breaking meal during Ramadan, and have communicated their cultural and religious richness to each other. More than 120 guests have joined this festive occasion and shared their own religious fasting experiences.
The keynote speaker of the night was Dr. Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union. Prof. Alexander gave an exceptional talk about “The Art of Living Together: Building Relationships”. Dr. Alexander spoke about his friendship experience with an Egyptian immigrant living Ramadan in the United States for the first time. He pointed out interesting resemblances between Ramadan, Lent. Thanks to Prof. Alexander, we were able to appreciate our differences and foster our understanding both personal and spiritual level.
The dinner followed by a wonderful Turkish Marble Art demonstration by the marbling, illumination, gliding, and fine paper carving artist Ms. Hulya Yaatasi. The guests were able to observe live demonstrations of marbling and asked questions about shaping the paint on water.
Pacifica thanks to our friends who were able to join us in this festive event.