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Panel :: Afterlife

Raleigh : 03-05-2017

The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies - NC (IITS-NC) cordially invites you to the Panel Discussion around Abrahamic Table event on March 5th, at 3pm.

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.

In this special gathering, our distinguished speakers are Rabbi Larry Bach from Judea Reform Congeragation, Rev. Benny Oakes from Buckhorn and Ebenezer United Methodist Churches in Chatham County, Imam Bilal Ankaya from IITS-VA. Theme will be afterlife.

Venue: The Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies - NC (IITS-NC)
Address: 1391 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, 27511
Date & Time: Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 3pm


Program flow

3:00 Welcome
3:15 - 4:00 Talks
4:00 - 4:20 Collective discussion over the topic and Q&A Session
4:20 Refreshments


- Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
- Please help us to spread the word.
- Please kindly RSVP at iitsnc.org/rsvp by Mar 4th.


- Please see below for speakers' biographies and abstracts.

Rabbi Larry Bach
Since July, 2015, He have served as the Rabbi of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to that, He served Temple Mount Sinai of El Paso, Texas since my ordination, in 1998, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies from the University at Albany, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, from HUC-JIR. He is married and the father of three children.


Rev Benny Oakes
Reverend Benny Oakes serves Buckhorn and Ebenezer United Methodist Churches in Chatham County. He received his Master's of Divinity from Duke University and his passions include serving people, teaching youth and young adults, proclaiming God's good news, feeding those who are hungry, visiting the sick and the imprisoned, and learning from other cultures. Rev. Oakes is married to Monica Oakes, program director for Noah's Ark Child Care Services, and together they have four daughters, Hailey, Kaelyn, Abigail, and Carter. He especially enjoys vacations at the beach and the lake, and his other hobbies include: running, indoor cycling, swimming, and reading



Imam Bilal Ankaya
Bilal Ankaya, is a graduate of Islamic Divinity School in Konya, Turkey. He has been working as an Imam in Ezher Bloom Mosque for seven years in Fairfax, VA. He is very much involved in Interfaith Dialogue. He is very often gives talks and attends panels at churches, synagogues and other houses of worships. He has been organizing the Annual Interfaith Clergy Dinner for past 6 years which has been attended each time by more than 50 clergy members. He also is very knowledgeable about Islam, Qur’an and Islamic Jurisprudence. He is about to graduate form Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy Program in May of 2017.


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