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Panel :: Panel Discussion- Abrahamic Table: Faith and Psychology

Raleigh : 05-01-2016

In this special gathering, our distinguished speakers were Rabbi Rachel Jurovics from Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community, Pastor Steve Patti from Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi. and Imam Khalid Shahu from Muslim Community Center of Apex . They focused on Faith and Psychology.

Venue: The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies - NC (IITS-NC)
Address: 1391 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, 27511
Date & Time: Sunday, May 01, 2016 at 3:00pm

Three monotheistic faiths in the world (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) accept Abraham as the father of all nations. To honor Abraham with regard to the spirit of dialogue, the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies plans to hosts regularly a panel discussion program that brings community leaders and clergy from the three Abrahamic faiths to engage in a dialogue about the commonalities of and common issues concerning the Abrahamic communities over delicious food. Each speaker gives a brief interpretation on the given topic from their own background followed by a collective discussion over the topic. This event acknowledges the demand and importance for interfaith dialogue and the positive role it plays in society. Although this event represents Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all religions are welcome to the table.

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics- Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics grew up in L.A. and earned B.A. (1967), M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1976) degrees in English Medieval Literature from UCLA. Her professional experience includes freelance writing and editing; communication skills training and consulting; and software design. Raachel's family relocated to Raleigh in 1983. Raachel served as Program Director, Assistant Rabbi, and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Or, a Reform congregation in Raleigh, from 1997 - 2010, in addition to conducting a private practice in spiritual direction. In 2010, Raachel was invited to serve as spiritual leader at Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community, while maintaining her multi-faith spiritual direction practice.
Rabbi Jurovics will acknowledge the emotional/physiological issues in foundational scripture. Her speech will include the following sub-topics: practices as means of personal and communal well-being, obligations to seek medical/psychological help, responses to mental health challenges in interpretive literature, mystical and developmental approaches, and support for self-healing as a necessary element of global healing.

Pastor Steve Patti- St. Francis of Assisi Raleigh
Fr. Steve was born in Boston and grew up in nearby Burlington, MA. He joined the friars in 1994 after having served for a year as a volunteer at St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in Philadelphia staffed by Franciscan friars. He was ordained in 2001 and has served in Wilmington, DE; Durham NC (at Immaculate Conception); Providence RI; and at the St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia.
If psychology is about the healing, wholeness, and overall well-being of the human person, then what insights can we find in the Christian tradition that align with that view?

Imam Khalid Shahu- Muslim Community Center of Apex
As a Sociolinguist and Imam (Muslim Community Leader), Dr. Khalid S Shahu was born in Meknes, Morocco, in 1971. He is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he coordinates different levels of Arabic (from Novice to Advanced); serves as a Member of the Search Committee and as a Project Manager of the Heritage Students Arabic Curriculum. While acting as an Imam at the Muslim Community Center of Apex, North Carolina, he leads lectures, study circles, panel discussions, fundraisings and leadership trainings; he also offers social counseling. Academic Awards: UNC Global Studies Initiatives Award, 2014; MAS Freedom Leadership Award 2010; NCCU Exemplary Teaching Award 2008; Dean K. Harrison Fellowship 2007; GC-CUNY University Fellowship 2003-2006;
In this presentation, following questions will be addressed:
• What role does Islam play in mental and psychological health?
• How does Islamic spiritual and ethical values respond to moral issues?

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