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ICSC Participates in Historic Interfaith Trilogue Service

By: Editor 

Best-selling spiritual author and national pulpit voice, Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, welcomed Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center and Imam Jihad Turk of the Islamic Center of Southern California to a special Interfaith service that sought to dispel the misconceptions each of these religions holds about the others, and explores our commonalities.  This event took place on November 13 at 11:00 am. It was an exploration of how our respective faith traditions contribute to a larger religious experience in America.

Dr. Colglazier says, “I am more and more convinced that the new opportunity being presented to us in the 21st century is to forge common understanding and mutual respect, especially in the arena of religion. The peoples of the earth will never find peace until the religions of the world find a way to understand one another better, appreciate differences of viewpoint, and celebrate common goals for the human family.  Dr. Colglazier, Imam Turk and Rabbi Levine Grater explored such topics as the tenth anniversary of 9/11, religion’s role in the current Occupy Protests worldwide, and Palestine’s recent Unesco status confirmation.

The Trilogue Service was in conjunction with the final day of Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, the photodocumentary exhibit housed in the historic Shatto Chapel at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Golden States of Grace examines eleven different California faith communities that have found themselves on the outside of mainstream American society. Created by photographer Rick Nahmias, this work consists of 56 black and white images, didactics describing the photos, and an ambient soundtrack that captures music, interviews and prayers from these various communities.

Dr. Colglazier, whose accessible and optimistic spiritual work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and The CBS Morning Show as well as in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The New York Times. He was also recently interviewed on KCBS/KCAL 9. Dr. Colglazier advocates for a progressive Christianity that embraces the religious diversity of our city and world, using that diversity to make one’s faith stronger.

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater has a regular blog on The Huffington Post, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and has been published widely on many different websites and blogs. He currently serves on several boards, including Jewish World Watch, a synagogue-based consortium that focuses on genocide, primarily in Darfur and Congo; the executive committee of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California; and on the National Advisory Board of J-Street, as well as being a member of the advisory board of Just Vision.

Imam Jihad Turk, a religious director at the University of Southern California, advises and serves the needs of the Muslim students on campus. Turk has been serving as the Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Southern California since 2005. Together with an Episcopal Priest, Turk founded, and currently sits as co-chair, of the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group, a group comprised of major Christian and Muslim denominations and organizations intent on understanding each other and working together on common goals.

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