University of Hawaii Holds Interfaith Forum on Religious Diversity and Scripture

May 13, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

On May 13, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "A panel representing five major religions will explore ways their teachings respond to current global issues and diversity in modern society at a symposium Wednesday. The 7 p.m. interfaith dialogue will be at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics auditorium. It is free and open to the public, presented through the UH Outreach College. It will be followed by a presentation May 24. The participants will seek broader interpretations for their scriptures that have traditionally been used to exclude others or build barriers, according to an announcement from the sponsoring All Believers Network. The speakers will be Maryknoll Sister Joan Chatfield, Gregg Kinkley of Congregation Sof Ma'arav, the Rev. Al Bloom of Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin, UH professor D.P.S. Bhawuk describing the Hindu viewpoint, and author Saleem Ahmed with a Muslim perspective. The Rev. Mike Young of the First Unitarian Church will be moderator."