Category: Other Religions

November 6, 2016

All Are Welcome!

Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.

St.Alban’s Episcopal Church – 197 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury


Sponsored by area houses of worship


Music from combined choirs from area worship communities

Please bring find food to share on a disposable dish for the reception following the service.

Monetary donation will be received for the Simsbury Food Bank

October 2, 2016 No comments exist

The weekend of October 8 – 9, Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon, will be celebrating 200 years of Methodism in the Farmington Valley.

Open House & “Visits” from Pastors of the Past

All are welcome to these events:

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Open House: A chance to view a display of items depicting 200 years of church history including memorabilia, photographs and much more. The 1970 cornerstone has been removed, the time capsule retrieved and the contents will be on display! Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 9, 10:30 a.m. – Sunday Worship: Includes “visits” from pastors from the distant past sharing the stories of their ministries, the church and the congregation. Light lunch to follow with the opportunity to view the displays.

Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 867 West Avon Rd. in Avon, CT…..

From Avon, Canton and Simsbury:
From the intersection of Routes 44 and 167, take Route 167 (West Avon Road) south.  Proceed straight for several miles.  At the stop sign by the old Pine Grove School House turn right continuing on West Avon Road.  Look for the MUMC sign on the left.   The church is 1/2 mile up the hill on the right.

September 26, 2016 No comments exist

Simsbury Public Library

725 Hopmeadow Street

Sundays from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

September 11 – Susan Campbell – “Fundamentalist Christianity Explained”

October 23 – Barry Kosmin – “The Changing Religious Profile of the United States

November 20 – Rabbi Debra Cantor – “Partners in Creation: Using the Arts as a Bridge Between Faith Communities”

December 11 – Imam Sami Aziz & Vjosa Qerimi – “Islam 101, ISIS, and Interfaith Peace Efforts: a brief overview”

Read more on the Simsbury Library website. Reserve a seat at 860-658-7663 x2200.

Free and open to all.



March 28, 2016 No comments exist

Religion and the Identity in the Middle East: the Rise of the Islamic Radicalism


Presented by The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies an Christian-Musim Relations, Lutheran Seminar at Philadelphia (LTSP)

About the course:

The “Middle East,” as it is commonly known by Americans, has been a land of fascination, frustration, and fear. May Americans find the tapestry of its peoples, languages, cultures, and religions to be confusing, and yet the Middle East is so prominent in our news and media. These five sessions will look at the cultural perspectives of the people of the Middle East, the Arab Spring, and the rise of Islamic Radicalism as protest movements, including al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS). The purpose of this course is to help North American Christians move beyond fear to become creatively engaged as peacemakers and responsible citizens in our own communities.

Thursday, March 31: 7 – 9 p.m.

  1. What is the Middle East?: geography and its effect on identity 

    This session will review the geography and political arrangement of the modern Middle East and how that has impacted political identities.

Thursday, April 7: 7 – 9 p.m.

  1. Communal Identity: the religious communities of the Middle East 

    In this session we will provide an overview of the numerous indigenous religious communities of the region. We will also look at general cultural values and the importance of religion on traditional family and communal identity.

Thursday, April 14: 7 – 9 p.m.

  1. The Arab Spring: causes and aspirations

    This session will uncover the source of general discontent of the last twenty years, and the hopes of the “soft revolutions.”

Thursday, April 21: 7 – 9 p.m.

  1. Sources of Islamic Radicalism in the Middle East, part I 

    The final two sessions will look at the responses to Arab Nationalism, the 1967 was, and the “failed states” of the Middle East. Islamic Radicalism will be defined and placed with in the broader category of other Muslim pieties. 

Thursday, April 28: 7 – 9 p.m.

  1. Sources of Islamic Radicalism in the Middle East, part II

    Viewed from the historical and cultural framework of the last four sessions the final session will loo at the rise of al-Qaeda and DAESH (ISIS), and Muslim responses to these organizations.

All are welcome to view the webinar at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7 Wescott Road, Simsbury, CT