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Panel :: Panel Discussion: Abrahamic Table : Fasting

Raleigh : 06-05-2016

In this special gathering, our distinguished speakers were Derek Maul from Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, David Reed from Beth El Synagogue, Fatma Kaya from IITS. Theme was Fasting in Abrahamic Religions. Practiced in many religions, fasting is an act which is most accurately defined as an abstention from meat, drink and all natural food for a determined period.

What: Panel Discussion: Abrahamic Table- Fasting
When: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 3pm
Where: IITS - 1391 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27511

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.

David Reed
He came to the Triangle area in 1995 after spending 12 years in the UK. After a Post-Doctoral Position at Duke University, He has been involved in the local entrepreneurial community and he is currently a co-founder of Mimetics, LLC, which is a local Bio-computation start-up. He has two sons, and has been a member of Beth El Synagogue in Durham since 2000 where he served as Synagogue President from 2008-2010. Over this period, he has been an active participant in Jewish Adult Education and he continued to study Hebrew and Midrash regularly.

He will talk about fasting in the broader context of Jewish observance and then focus on the Jewish fasts which are best known today, the Fast of Yom Kippur and the fast of Tisha B’Av. They are very different in their nature and the comparison emphasizes the diverse ways in which the Jewish tradition understands the religious and spiritual dimensions of fasting.

Derek Maul
Award-winning author Derek Maul was raised in England, worked as a teacher in Florida for two decades, and has lived in the Raleigh area since moving to Wake Forest in 2013. He has published seven inspirational books over the past decade, writes for several on-line venues and news outlets, blogs daily, and is often invited to speak about "The fully engaged Christian life." Derek is a nationally recognized men's ministry advocate and worships at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, where his wife, Rebekah, serves as senior pastor.

Derek Maul will talk about fasting in the Christian tradition, considering both the physical and the spiritual benefits (and liabilities), recognizing the challenges inherent in any religious practice that has the potential to focus on the ritual rather than the relationship. Derek does not consider himself an expert in the field, but a pilgrim, continually making progress along the "road less often traveled by."

Fatma Kaya
KAYA, FATMA is a graduate of Hartford Seminary (Connecticut) with a master’s degree in Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue, and a graduate certificate in Islamic chaplaincy. She worked as a university chaplain intern at Cornell University and completed her clinical pastoral education at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, as a hospital chaplain. She was an instructor at Duke Continuing Studies Department between 2012 and 2014. She is also a member of IITS.

Fasting, literarily meaning to abstain "completely" from foods, drinks, intimate intercourse and smoking, from dawn till sunset, is a unique moral and spiritual characteristic of Islam. It has also a profound spiritual meaning for Muslims. Although it seems to be a tough experience for Muslims, it has interestingly pretty much sweet turn outs. Fasting is a unique journey for each Muslim that helps him/her to connect with his the creator.

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