Connecticut Interfaith Group Strengthened in Aftermath

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an interfaith trip to Morocco he led with a group of Muslims, Christian and Jews. Freund described the trip as part of a forum "'to allow dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews to occur in this country.'" Since September 11, "the group felt its mission had become even more significant...Interfaith dialogue, he said, 'is the only way to save ourselves, the only way to stop this type of violence,'" referring to the terror attacks and the backlash. "The group made the journey [to Morocco] in May 2000 to better understand its members' religious traditions. It visited cemeteries, churches, synagogues and mosques with Moroccan leaders of the different communities...The trip was sponsored by the Henry Luce Forum in Abrahamic Religions, a joint program of the Greenberg Center and Hartford Seminary."