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05/24/2013

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RELIGION BRIEFS Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman greeted Sisterhood Interfaith Tea Co-Chairwomen Dorothy Quint and Aida Florsheim. Contributed photo TEMPLE EMANU-EL EVENT UNITES WOMEN OF FAITH More than 200 women of faith gathered May manist, Muslim, Baha'i and Mennonite com8 at Temple Emanu-El for the congregation's munities, the release notes. third annual Interfaith Tea. Opening the discussion was Dr. Bindu Nair, Hosted by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, the a member of the Hindu community. Stating, Interfaith Tea unites women of various reli- "Hindus discovered art was a tool to invoke gious traditions for an afternoon of learning, spirituality," she shared examples of Hindu art sharing and "building bridges," a news release such as geometric patterns used to express says. A panel of representatives from four the divine order and the qualities of various faiths — Reconstructionist Judaism, Greek deities. Among these examples was the swasOrthodoxy, transdenominational Christianity tika, which she explained was "originally a and Hinduism — spoke about their beliefs and symbol of world peace and prosperity" that the role of art, music and dance in their reli- was "misused and misrepresented" by the Nagions, the release adds. Socializing over tea zis, the release points out. and homemade sweets followed the presenFollowing Nair was the Rev. Celestine Camptations. bell, a transdenominational Christian who exPast Interfaith Tea panels have included mem- plained that her tradition is "very inclusive of bers of the Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, hu- all — a multiracial, multifaceted organization."

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