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Long Island MULTI-FAITH FORUM

REQUESTS FOR MULTI-FAITH FORUM PRESENTATIONS

Sunday, Sept. 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Brookville Church/Muslim Reform Movement/New Synagogue/Interfaith Community
2 Brookville Road, just south of Jericho Turnpike
“What’s My Faith?”
The Brookville Church, the Muslim Reform Movement Organization, the New Synagogue of Long Island, and the Interfaith Community of Long Island would like us to try our game show format as a half-hour program (without showing our video in the middle). A few months ago, Werner Reich and I experimented with a short-format version of "Building Bridges" immediately after worhsip at Bellmore Presbyterian Church. We were both initially skeptical that we could do anything helpful in half an hour but it turned out quite well--and may open new audiences to the Forum--so it is worth giving this experiment in Brookville a try.

The audience (primarily made up of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations that share the building) will ask our mystery guests rapid-fire yes/no questions for 15 minutes, then try to guess the faith community of each speaker, than ask the speakers questions for fifteen minutes after we have shattered their stereotypes.

Emcee/moderator:            Tom Goodhue
Volunteers:
Marian Hubbard                    (Christian)
Werner Reich                         (Jewish)
Seemi Ahmed                         (Muslim)
Ed Goldberg                           (Bahai)
We usually dress in some way to make it harder to guess our faith communities, such as everyone wearing Sikh attire, so perhaps in this case everyone should wear a scarf or hat to disguise who may wearing a yarmulke or hijab.

If you have never seen "What's My Faith?"---which Raj Singh created and which unfailingly reveals stereotypes in a playful way--you might want to come observe the game on Sept. 14. And if you would like to see how Christians worship in a multi-faith campus, please join me at 10:00 for worship. Here’s how we play the game:

How To Play "WHAT'S MY FAITH?"
Contestants (or audience members) will ask questions that the mystery guests can answer with "yes" or "no" or "I don't know" or "that doesn't apply to us".
Each question will be answered by all the mystery guests.
Questions should begin "in your faith community" and should be phrased as a Yes/no question.
Each panelist will answer yes, no, don't know, doesn't apply, or sometimes.
While each panelist is, of course, most familiar with one particular form of their faith, they will try to answer in a way which accurately represents their faith community as a whole. If this is impossible, since practice varies so widely within your community, answer it for yourself personally.
Questions will not be allowed (until after we play the game) about:
            the name of your congregation
            the name of your founder/prophet/guru/etc.
            the name you give to God
            the name of your Scriptures
The moderator will give a few examples of how questions can be phrased,:
"Do you believe in God?"
rather than "What do you call God?"
“Does your faith community share a common set of Scriptures?"
             rather than "What do you call your Scriptures?"
The moderator should remind the contestants and audience that the mystery guests will answer as individuals, and that beliefs and practices may vary within each faith community.
After 15 minutes the contestants (of audience)  will guess the faith of each mystery guest.  The guests will then identify themselves.
Then we usually will show our video “Faiths of Long Island.”
Then we answer questions from the audience about how we practice our beliefs in our daily lives.

Dec.  11, 2-4 p.m.
Syosset Public Library
Building Bridges panel discussion on unity and diversity
Moderator:             Narinder Kapoor (Hindu),
Panelists:             Jatinder Singh or Jaspreet Kaur (Sikh)
·                                 Marian Hubbard (Christian)
            Farideh Siapoosh (Baha’i)
            Hai Dee Lee (Buddhist)
            Dr. Yousuf Syed (Islam)

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Lynbrook High School
Multi-Faith Festival
Table Presentation as part of Human Relations Day
Volunteers: Rebecca Pollicino (Christian)

To volunteer for a program, please email Narinder Kapoor at paljikapoor@yahoo.com. Feel free to volunteer to be a stand-by panelist, even if the panel already is full or someone from your faith community has already volunteered. It is great to have a backup! And those who volunteer for the first time often like to have a backup seated in the audience to answer questions that stump them. LIMFF Board members are welcome to recruit members of their faith community for school festivals and such but are not required to take on this responsibility.

Please remember that your willingness to be a panelist does not automatically mean that you will be scheduled. Someone else from your faith community may have volunteered before you did, we may need a moderator from the faith community that has invited us, or the panel may be full already, but your offer to help is always appreciated!

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE SEPT. 21 IN BROOKVILLE
We now have a site for this year’s interreligious prayer service for the UN’s International Day of Peace. It will be hosted on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21, by the Brookville Church, the Muslim Reform Movement Organization, the New Synagogue of Long Island, and the Interfaith Community of Long Island at the building they share at 2  Brookville Road, just south of Jericho Turnpike.
All are invited, and I'll pass along details about the time as soon as this is confirmed. Arvind Vora is seeking a representative from each faith community to offer a short prayer for peace (or song or Scripture reading). If you are willing to help with this, please email him at avora@optonline.net or call him at 917-406-6065. The previous services have been at the Westbury Friends Meeting, the Brahma Kumaris’ Global Harmony House in Great Neck, and Masjid Darul Quran in Bay Shore.  

Sikh gurdwaras invite us to special worship services on September 21st  at 10:00 a.m., where Sikhs will offer prayers for peace and recite the Sukhmani Sahib Paath, a message of peace by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji. For more information, please email Raj Singh at rsingh@optonline.net

Previously Posted:

SAVE THE DATE—OCT. 2
I thought you would like to know that the LICC will be honoring Dr. Faroque Khan at our “Share the Harvest” celebration on Thursday, Oct. 2, in Woodbury. Please save the date and come if you can. The web site for the event (www.liccharvest.com) is up and running, where you can find info about the honorees, directions, sponsorship options, and how to buy tickets.

HOW TO IMPROVE OUR MULTI-FAITH FESTIVALS
Our de-briefing of at Baldwin High School’s Multi-Faith Festival and the evaluation sheets received thus far indicate:

*The Festival went well, but all the MFF volunteers and at least several of the teachers thought too little time was allowed at each table: it would have been better to ask each student to visit only a few tables but spend more time at each.

*Everyone thought the students were polite and attentive. Some even stayed voluntarily after the end of the class period to pursue further questions they wanted to ask us.

*If classes are expected to complete worksheets during the festival, it would be helpful to receive a copy in advance of the questions they are asked to answer.

*Some classes who had seen our video beforehand were well prepared for the festival; those who had not were less well prepared.

*The students could have benefited from time being scheduled for Builing Bridges panel presentations, too.

*Volunteers appreciated the hospitality and water and muffins in the gym. And the lunch in the cafeteria was good, something few of us recall ever being the case in the schools we attended! Two of us wondered if it might be possible to get coffee somewhere.

*The gym was a good space for the festival, but it would be helpful to turn off the public address system so that lengthy announcements do not interrupt our presentations.

*There was not enough parking for volunteers in the morning, not enough clarity about where we were supposed to park, and no help offered unloading our displays.

*The security check-in procedure seemed to take a long time and failed to address the security problems we encountered in previous years at Baldwin HS—no one appeared to be checking those who appeared at the door against a list of our volunteers, so outsiders could have easily snuck in (as in previous years) and wreaked havoc.

Our debriefing and evaluations after Great Hollow Middle School’s Multi-Faith Festival surfaced these thoughts:
--The festival was well-organized and the students were remarkably orderly and polite, even saying hello to strangers when passing them in the hallway!
--The classes that saw our video before coming to the table presentations were far better prepared than the classes that did not.
--Adding Building Bridges panels might have been helpful: it certainly is with high school students.
--It would have been good to have more time with each class: 8-10 minutes is too short.
--If time is limited, it might be better to have classes visit fewer tables but spend more time at each.
--It is great that teachers suggest questions students might ask but schools could also consider some hands-on activity, such as the religious scavenger hunt that the Boy Scouts' Theodore Roosevelt Council created for their All Faith Weekend. Their planning committee also designed a Scavenger Hunt, which followed the viewing of the DVD and used many clues from Faiths of Long Island to aid the Scouts in finding religious objects and  information.
--Someone also asked for some clarification as to what exactly is permissible in a school setting, and we had a good discussion of this. While we are not permitted to distribute literature to students or invite the take part in our religious rituals, it is fine to distribute bindis, for example, or invite them to listen to us pray. It is important, though, to make sure that students know that you are inviting them to place a bindi, turban, or sari on them, for example, not expecting them to allow this—and we have to be aware of peer pressure that can make adolescents feel forced to do something they are uncomfortable doing.

WHAT SHOULD OTHERS DO WHEN YOU ARE MOURNING?
After our recent experiment with a half-hour Building Bridges presentation at Bellmore Presbyterian church, Werner Reich found himself thinking about the questions the audience asked and one question really stood out: what to bring or send to someone of another faith after the death of a loved one. He suggests that Forum members offer some thoughts as to what outsiders might expect, and the reasons why, if invited to their faith’s milestones:  a wedding, a baptism or bar mitzvah, a funeral or memorial service, a visit during mourning, etc.  Instead of people backing out of the invitation for fear of not know what to do, they might see how a faith community observes certain milestones, get a better understanding of that faith, and show greater sensitivity to other people’s traditions.  If you’ll send me your thoughts, I’d be glad to compile and distribute them.

Bea Coryell suggests The Perfect Stranger’s Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices:
A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies (Skylight Paths Publishing), edited by Stuart M. Matlins, which is based on his award-winning book, one I highly recommend, How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies.

PRAYERS AS DEATH DRAWS NEAR
At our Building Bridges program at Winthrop Hospital, which received rave reviews, several chaplains asked what Scripture or prayer we might like them to say at our bedside as we approached death or after we had died, particularly if a representative of your faith community could not be there.
Jatinder Singh offered to record these prayers and post them on You Tube.
I have received so far prayers and Scriptures from:
Bahais
Buddhists,
Christians,
Jews,
Hindus
Muslims,
Sikhs.
Would any of the rest of you like to share a prayer or Scripture for this collection?
If so please send this to me at tomgoodhue@optonline.net

Would like me to send you this compilation of prayers? If so, let me know.

Would you be willing to read/recite/chant the prayer on camera?
If so, please contact Jatinder at jatinder.singh@khalsa.com
He hopes to record several at a time at upcoming LIMFF meetings, school festivals, and Building Bridges presentations.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS
Over the past decade or so, a number of volunteers with the LIMFF have written short pieces for the Long Island Council of Churches newsletter explaining some aspect of their religious practice that they would like neighbors of other faiths to understand better. As someone said at a recent LIMFF meeting, “Even those of us who are active in the Forum need to learn more about other faiths.” Feel free to contribute one yourself—if you’ll write your thoughts, I would be glad to help you edit them. If you are not already receiving our newsletter and would like to get it, just let me know which email or snail-mail address we should use. Nearly every issue has something about the Forum. And if you would like to see my compilation of these items from the newsletter, just let me know.

FAITHS OF LONG ISLAND
The 30-minute video that Michael Fairchild produced for the LIMFF, Faiths on Long Island,
can see be seen on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncnn5pd6Gu4
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOsL0LaClgU

The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue
Executive Director
Long Island Council of Churches
1644 Denton Green
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-565-0290 ext. 206 (voice)
516-565-0291 (fax)
tomgoodhue@optonline.net
http://www.liccny.org
http://www.liccdonate.org
http://www.liccharvest.com

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