Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July Meeting: Violence, Faith and Hope

The recent news of violence in the United States began the conversation for the Nashville Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, but as each person put their deep-seated beliefs on the table, hope became the keyword during this bi-monthly meeting in the series: “Building Bridges Over Bagels."

Baha'i, Muslim, Remnant Fellowship member and Scientologist each engaged about how individual religious practices shape our lives, and how we can change the world by starting right in our own homes. Candace Anger, with Remnant Fellowship church, pointed out how they believe that it starts with oneself and being good to one's own family. This was echoed by every other person at the table, across religious lines.
The meeting took place at the Islamic Center of Tennessee. The next meeting location will be announced on the Nashville RCC website, and takes place on September 13th at 8:30am.  

Attending the meeting were: Tedd and Candace Anger of Remnant Fellowship Church, Miley Barcus of Remnant Fellowship Church, Carol Mansour with Baha'is of Middle Tennessee, Aisha Lbhalla with Muslim Women's Council, and Julie Brinker with the Church of Scientology. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nashville Religion Communicators Council to Meet at Islamic Center of Tennessee

The Nashville Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council holds bi-monthly meetings to discuss hot topics and have deep discussions on what is happening in the world today.

The longest running interfaith communications organization in the United States, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), has chapters across the country that meet regularly and promote “excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups,” according to the RCC website.  

In Nashville, the RCC Chapter has bi-monthly meetings to discuss hot topics and how they, as people of faith, may influence others.

In July, the group is meeting for breakfast and discussion at the Islamic Center of Tennessee in Antioch. According to its website, theictn.org, it is “the largest Islamic Center in Middle Tennessee,” and, “ ICT strives to provide unprecedented and professional Islamic and educational services to its parishioners. As the newest and most diverse community in Nashville, ICT aims to unite Muslims upon the true teachings of tolerance and peace from the Qu’ran and Sunnah.”

Past meeting locations have included the Church of Scientology, Baha’i Faith Community Center and United Methodist Communications.

“We are looking forward to visiting the center,” says Nashville RCC Chapter President Rev. Brian Fesler, “at our meetings, we always have a nice diverse group to dialogue about hot topics and how we can unite to bring more inspiration and good news to the world.”

The RCC has members from every faith group and walk of life including Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Scientologists, Sikhs, Hindus and more. For more information about the RCC or their next meeting, visit www.religioncommunicators.org.