Building Bridges

Lenten Adult Forum

by Chris Hardman

On February 7, the last Sunday of Epiphany, we will learn more about the "Adventist" tradition. Our quest speaker will be Mr. Homer Ma, an Elder in the Northbrook Seventh Day Adventist Church. On February 14th we will hold a Celtic Healing Service at 9:00 am in the parish hall. After the service, for those who wish, we will discuss Christian Healing and our experience of the healing service.

For the next Sundays in Lent we will begin a series entitled "Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges." Since it is better to focus on the positive, we will refer to it as our "Building Bridges" series. First up, on February 21st, is Jennifer Baskerville -urrows, who is the communications officer of our Diocese. Jennifer presented in the fall with a well-received program on racism. She is returning in February to deepen our understanding of racism and the many problems it creates.

Since many of us are having difficulty separating "Radical" Islam from "Regular" Islam, we have a "real" Muslim family that lives in our area who will speak with us about how their faith is practiced here on the North Shore. Dilnaz Waraich, educational consultant for Envision Education and member of the Winnetka Interfaith Council, will speak along with her two sons, Mohsin and Sawleh. Mohsin is a senior at New Trier, a football quarterback, avid skier, and passionate social activist in Chicago. Sawleh is a freshman at New Trier, a wrestler and snowboarder, and has raised over $50,000 in the past 5 years through the Waraich Family Bowling Fundraiser for causes such as Oxfam, IMAN,, Pakistan Relief Fund, and 100 Wells Project in Africa. While Dilnaz will begin the presentation, I am quite confident the boys will take over from there. They plan to talk about their everyday life and how their Islamic Faith is practiced in this area. (By the way, as if all that weren't enough, Dilnaz will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro the week before our meeting.)

February 7th
Mr. Homer Ma of the Northbrook Seventh Day Adventist Church will present on his Adventist Faith.

February 14th
Celtic healing Service at 9:00 am. Discussion to follow.

February 21st
Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will speak on Racism in America

February 28th
The Waraich Family will speak on how their Islamic Faith is practiced on the North Shore.

Please join us as we overcome barriers and build bridges. It will be a most meaningful way of preparing for Easter.