Rochester College will host the Annual Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions, which strives to strengthen friendship and understanding among the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, on Thursday, Feb. 28, at its campus in Rochester Hills.
Sponsored by the Niagara Foundation every year, the dinner includes a diverse group of guests, including clergy from churches, synagogues and mosques; academicians from universities and seminaries; and leaders of many charitable and civic organizations.
The theme for the dinner is “Perspectives on Abrahamic Traditions: Stewardship of Wealth, Health and Time.” Youth from the three faiths will recite scripture and add in explanation.
Dr. John Barton, provost of Rochester College, will emcee the event, and Salih Ozdemir will also present on behalf of the Niagara Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization serving “societal peace and love,” and promoting the human values of “understanding, tolerance, respect and compassion.” The Rochester College A Cappella Chorus will also perform for the guests.
“We are honored to have this wonderful event on our campus and to work closely with the Niagara Foundation on such initiatives,” Barton said. “As a Christian institution, Rochester College is passionate about joining with others to promote respect and understanding across different communities. It is one way for us to embody the Golden Rule, to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ ”
The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Rochester College Theatre at 800 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills, MI. No fee is charged for the event, but registration is required: http://www.niagarafoundation.org/michigan/action/online-rsvp-2/rsvp-detroit/