Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Interfaith Dialogue

Is there a better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than corned beef, cabbage, and interfaith dialogue? I think not! Last week, 23 Muslims and Christians gathered for dinner and dialogue on matters urgent to people of faith.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and the Presbytery of Chicago’s Interreligious Workgroup were blessed to welcome over a dozen new faces into this fellowship of God’s people.

In addition to discussing the merits of Shepherd’s Pie served with mashed potatoes vs. baked, the group explored more poignant issues. Rising concerns of a growing atmosphere of fear, media silence over violent attacks stemming from intolerance, and grossly inaccurate portrayals of extremism as “the norm,” were just a few of the topics addressed. It is amazing how people, previously strangers, coming from vastly different faith backgrounds, may gather together to authentically hear and profoundly affirm one another. God’s love was felt once again as we stopped to listen, to hear, and to be together, as people of The Book.

If you’re at all intrigued by this or passionate about interfaith dialogue, mark your calendars for May 19th from 6:30-8:30pm. The location is being finalized, but will be in the vicinity of Morton Grove. Look to the Presbytery’s website or email Adam Malak at for more info.


Submitted by Rev. Adam Malak of Faith United Presbyterian Church.

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