Tuesday, August 17, 2010

October 22nd Clarification Meeting

Dr. Ed Chasteen asks, What do we win? The answer is, FRIENDS! Will Rogers is famous for having said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Dr. Chasteen has always wondered if he would have said, “I never liked a man I didn’t meet.”

Five friends will join us on October 22nd for a Clarification Meeting on Race and Religious Relations from 7 to 8:30pm. Our panel discussion will be led by the following folks:

Bassam Helwani - a businessman from Syria who lives in Lawrence, he attended KU.
Ed Chasteen - likes to meet every person he can and expects to like every person he meets.
Samuel Shareef - a Kansas City businessman who heads a non-profit to help young black males.
Taalib-ud-Din Al Ansare - a Muslim chaplain at Research Hospital.
Yahya Furqan - a Vietnam vet, a Muslim Imam and a father of 11 beautiful children.

Dr. Chasteen says, We five are friends. We meet together nearly every week to plan and dream. Four of us are Muslim. One is Christian. One was born in Syria. Three trace their roots to Africa; one to Europe. We go by invitation anywhere in the Kansas City area to talk to folks about the ordinary, everyday things that give meaning to all our lives: our parents, our brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts; our home town, our wives, our children, our schooling, our jobs, our neighborhoods, our favorite foods, our leisure time activities, our hobbies. Friendships need not be limited by race or religion. We all are part of humanity. We all are weak and fragile, easily made fearful of the future and of each other. Life at its longest is short. Friends help us make it through the day. That’s what by our presence we demonstrate. Invite us and we will come. Join us and we will win.

Please study the verse Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." and be prepared with questions you may have for our panel.

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