Sarasota News Leader

01/24/2014

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PEACE CORPS Jacci Tutt (left) and Arlene Pearlman participate in a Women's Interfaith Network Seder. Photo courtesy womensinterfaithnetwork.org WORLD PEACE DAY TACKLES OCCUPY WALL STREET, HONORS LOCALS FOR 'RELIGIOUS COURAGE' By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor "I need to find people who aren't like me," organizes a book group, but Pearlman says says Arlene Pearlman. "People like me are among its most important cornerstones are the very nice, but they're the same." regular conversations called Common Tables. The events bring together six to eight women Six years ago, that simple urge led Pearlman for lunch; participants are encouraged to talk to found the Women's Interfaith Network. But about the afterlife, their childhoods, their reliwhat began as a small group of friends from gious traditions and holidays — whatever. different backgrounds has grown exponentially, into a community with 124 women from Pearlman notes that the lunches remind a variety of religions. There are Christians, attendees that a handful of principles cuts Jews, Muslims, Bahá'ís — even a Wiccan. The across all belief systems. "We all want our Network offers monthly events that cover kids to be safe," she says. "We all want wars faith issues from across the spectrum, and it to stop."

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