With the combination of world events and the rise in religious unaffiliated people, it is important that open dialogue is fostered between communities in order to address and combat religious extremism. The Humanists of West Chicagoland are hosting an event where the leaders of three sincerely-held beliefs come together to hold an open dialogue regarding religious liberty, peace and understanding through a mutual and respectful exchange of ideas.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa, an internist and pulmonologist, is affiliated with Rush-Copley Medical Center and author of “God, Faith and a Pen.” His blog was nominated for the Brass Crescent Award in 2007 for being “stimulating, insightful, and philosophical, providing the best rebuttals to extremist ideology and making an impact whenever they post.”
UnitedCoR’s Executive Director is executive director of the United Coalition of Reason, a DC organization coordinating independent locally run non-theist groups. Dr. Heap has lived and worked in the Middle East as well as in Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in education, a Master’s from The University of Oxford, an MDiv from Brite Divinity School–Texas Christian University, in addition to post-graduate certification from Sheffield Hallam University. A former Christian minister, he is a certified by The Humanist Society as a chaplain and celebrant, and is looking to be the first Humanist chaplain in the history of the United States Armed Forces.
Rev. Tom Capo, DuPage Unitarian Universalist minister, was a commissioner on the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission as well as on various non-profit boards to promote justice. He served as moderator for Ethical Perspectives on the News, a show sponsored by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and televised on the local ABC affiliate, KCRG.
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road, Naperville IL, 60563
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
In presenting this program, we hope to seek new understanding, appreciate individual differences and open some new doors that will enable collaborative work between communities. Further event details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/528455313990294/ .
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The DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church (www.dupageuuchurch.com) gathers as an inclusive community to grow in character, mind, and spirit and to transform the world toward fairness, love, and compassion.
The Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (www.huumanists.org) strives to promote and extend the use of rational inquiry without supernatural considerations, followed by compassionate action in all human interactions. For over fifty years, the UU Humanists and its precursor organizations have celebrated the Humanist Manifesto‘s vision of a religion without gods through scholarship, teaching, promotion and advocacy–both within Unitarian Universalism and in the wider world.
The Chicago Coalition of Reason (www.ChicagoCoR.org) is an exciting coalition of 13 organizations in the Chicago area, each of which celebrates a human-centered and naturalistic approach to life. For us, non-dogmatic and rational approaches to ethics, culture and the human experience are the most meaningful and satisfying.
The United Coalition of Reason (www.UnitedCoR.org) is a non-profit organization that helps local non-theistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.
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For more information, contact:
Rev. Tom Capo
DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church
UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
United Coalition of Reason (based in Washington, DC)