Advance notice: Our April Midweek Dialogue will be on Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. when Rabbi Amy Eilberg will present and discuss her new book, "From Enemy to Friend."
People bring a lunch, hear a speaker, and have the opportunity for give-and-take with the presenter and other participants. The events are free and open to the public; a free will donation is invited. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for informal mingling.
Here is information about our March 20 Midweek Presenters:
Ken Ford: Ken’s original teacher on the Zen Buddhist path was Katagiri Roshi, "founding abbot" of Soto Zen practice in Minnesota. He has studied at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara monastery in California and is presently a lay teacher at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St Paul.
Samir Saikali: He is the acting imam at Maplewood Mosque and a grant writer for Neighborhood Development Center, a non-profit that promotes entrepreneurship as a pathway out of poverty. For the last 20 years, he has been teaching about Islam to counteract misconceptions and islamophobia and encourage better communication and understanding among all people.
Varsha Bhatia: Originally from India, I have lived in the US for almost two decades and called MN home for nearly one. The joys of being a mother to two lovely daughters revealed to me that my calling was in teaching, not technology. So, I am now a Math educator, teaching in middle and high schools at various districts. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with my husband within the community, teaching language, culture and religion to children from the Indian subcontinent.