Interfaith Academy – Faith in the context of Military Service from Christian and Islamic Perspectives

This month’s Interfaith Academy took place at Central Christian Church of Austin on November 12th. As a tribute to Veterans’s Day and Veterans, the topic was chosen as Faith in the context of Military Service from Christian and Islamic Perspectives. The event, moderated by Rev. Eric Gates – the senior minister...

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The Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions -2015

Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Austin hosted another remarkable event, The Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions, at Raindrop Turkish House on October 14, Wednesday. The topic was “Antidote to Extremism.” As the keynote speaker of the event, Rev. Dirk Ficca, Former Executive Director of Council for a Parliament of the World’s...

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Whirling Dervishes Performance

Whirling Dervishes and a Sufi music ensemble traveling from Konya, Turkey made a rare Austin appearance at Riverbend Centre on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Dialogue Institute of the Southwest,  and co-sponsored by Unity Church of the Hills, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Jim Harrington, Concur Realty and Zihno...

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Poetry Readings by Eminent Poets from U.S. and Canada with Keki N. Daruwalla

Spreading the message of togetherness in a community, the Dialogue Institute invited guests to Dialogue Matters in August 1, 2015.  Guests who attended had a grand time eating Turkish food and listening to poetry readings from renowned South Asian poets as an atmosphere of camaraderie and entertainment filled the air. Notable poets who attended...

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First English Lutheran Church of Austin

The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest teamed up with the First English Lutheran Church to celebrate the Islamic tradition of breaking the Ramadan Fast for the night in June 24, 2015.  

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Ramadan Iftar Dinners 2015

The holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, is a time of engagement for Muslims. During the month of Ramadan in 2015, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Austin has shared Iftar dinners with varied communities and faith groups to foster  universal  human values such as mutual...

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Sacrifice

Interfaith Academy series continued at the St. George’s Episcopal Church on March 24th, focusing on the concept of “Sacrifice” in Christianity and Islam.  

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High Holidays in Judaism

Rabbi Septimus gave a talk on “High holidays in Judaism and the wisdom behind” in Raindrop Turkish House on February 19, 2015.

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Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2014

Annual Friendship and Dialog Dinner 2014 was held in Hilton-Austin on October 19th. Over 250 guests joined us for this multi-cultural event of food, festivities and conversation, as we celebrated diversity and came together to recognize the value of our common bond. Keynoter Tom Spencer, well-known to Austinites, addressed “social responsibility...

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Sacred Music in Abrahamic Traditions, 2014

This year’s event was held in Contregation Agudas Achim (Dell Jewish Center), on September 4th, Thursday, with the theme of “Sacred Music“. The event started with dinner, and continued with speeches of Neil Blumofe, Rabbi at the Congregation Agudas Achim; Dan Girardot, Director of Liturgy and Music at St Theresa Catholic Church;...

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Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2013

The 2013 Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner was held at the Hilton Austin on October 20, 2013. The year’s keynote speaker was Coleman Barks, a poet renowned for translating books of Rumi. Barks performed Rumi’s poetry with the aid of Grammy Winner Cellist David Darling. Other speakers include theology, philosophy, and...

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Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2012

The 2012 Annual Friendship and Dialog Dinner was held in Hilton-Austin on November 11th, 2012. In the dinner program, a keynote by Father Louis T. Brusatti, Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies and Director: Center for Religion and Culture at St. Edward’s University, and discussed the question, “What is...

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