The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi in El Paso

The Dialogue Presents: The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi   September 24th, 2015 marked the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi’s first ever performance in El Paso, Texas, brought by Raindrop Turkish House. On a wonderful night at the Abraham Chavez Theatre, nearly 1500 people gathered to enjoy and celebrate the Meldevi Order’s...

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Jesus in Islam by Dr.Zeki Saritoprak

Dialogue Institute and University of the Incarnate Word Department of Religious Studies were hosted a lecture and book signing by Dr. Zeki Saritoprak on February 1, 2016. Dr. Saritoprak’s address examined the place of Jesus in the Qu’ran and Hadiths. He delved into the Islamic theological perspective, including classical and contemporary theologians’...

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Start a dialogue condemning acts of terrorism, not Islam

Imagine that I want to know the speed limit on MoPac Boulevard and decide to measure the speeds of cars driving on the highway to figure it out. I would probably conclude that the speed limit is around 85 miles an hour as I’m likely to see several cars driving...

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Regional Advisory Board Meeting held in Oklahoma City

Dialogue Institute held its annual Regional Advisory Committee Meeting in Oklahoma City on January 9, 2016. More than 60 members from many cities where Dialogue Institute serves participate in this yearly effort to explore how to advance dialogue, mutual understanding, peace and respect in our societies. The event had a...

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Noah’s Pudding at Central Presbyterian Church

With the help of speaker Kuaye Batsurk, director of the Raindrop Women’s Association, the Interfaith Dialog hosted festivities by serving Noah’s Pudding to attendants to spread the message of togetherness on November 22, 2015.   Noah’s Pudding As the story tells us, Noah’s Ark landed on top of a mountain...

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“Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” by Rebecca Guengerich

            On Nov. 19 2015, Rebecca Guengerich, Pastoral Associate at the Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Texas at Austin, was the guest speaker for the Dialogue Matters program. The topic of her talk was Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity. In her speech, she...

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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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Dialogue Matters: Journey of Hope

Journey of Hope * Journey “storytellers” come from all walks of life and represent the full spectrum and diversity of faith, color, and economic situation. They are real people who know first-hand the aftermath of the insanity and horror of murder. They recount their tragedies and their struggles to heal...

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10th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (DISW) held it’s 10th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner at the historic Camino Real El Paso Hotel. Nearly 500 people enjoyed respectable company; the likes of Univision El Paso’s Hector Urrutia and KVIA’s Estela Casas, our mistress of ceremonies....

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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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Dialogue Matters: 150 Years Later, Are We Still Fighting The Civil War?

We had an incredible journey through the history with Dr. Larry Hufford on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Dr.Hufford addressed the question 150 years later, are we still fighting the civil war?  He briefly explained the American Civil War and compared it with the current developments. An important topic and discussion...

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