The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest – El Paso branch organized a Traditional Ramadan Iftar Dinner for clergy and religious leaders this past Thursday, July 16th. Around 35 guests from different denominations and beliefs gathered to converse, enjoy dinner, and become involve in dialogue with each other. A presentation on Fasting and Ramadan was given, and in the end, guests shared their thoughts and remarks.
Fasting was the most popular word this Thursday evening at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest – El Paso location. We gave a detailed presentation on the importance of fasting in the Islamic culture, especially in Ramadan time. The specific social gathering was quite an interesting one, with many clergymen and women from a multitude of denominations were present, sharing, and dialoging over fasting.
Msgr. Arturo Banuelas, Priest of St. Marks Catholic Church
Dr. Ann Horak, Director Religious Studies at UTEP
Sr. Elizabeth Swartz, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of El Paso
Hal Marcus, Temple Mt. Sinai
Bobby Byrd, Buddhist Priest
Rev. Deborah Clugy- De Soto, Presbyterian Church
Dr. Aurolyn Luykx, Unitarian Universalist Church of El Paso