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Pastor, Rabbi To Exchange Pulpits for Interfaith Partnership 10 August , 2011

The friendship between two local religious leaders has grown in the past year to include occasional pulpit exchanges at each other’s houses of worship.

Christian Pastor Keni Ashby of Covenant House Of Faith International (CHOFI) and Jewish Rabbi Steven Sirbu of Temple Emeth have their third pulpit exchange scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Temple Emeth.

The congregations from CHOFI and Temple Emeth will be in attendance, and members of the community also are invited.

Ashby said he first met Sirbu briefly in 2004 when he was invited to attend a Seder service. It would be about another five years before the two would cross paths again, and a friendship would begin to flourish.

The two were participants in an ongoing dialogue between Jews and evangelical Christians that was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).



Chaplain Meets With Tanzanian Religious Leaders 8 August , 2011

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, August 4, 2011 — – Rabbi (U.S. Navy Captain) Jon Cutler, director of Religious Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 18 to 21, to meet with religious leaders and discuss a future trip and a regional religious leader dinner.

The visit included meetings with representatives from several faith groups, including Pentecostals, Muslims, Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Seventh Day Adventist and Assemblies of God.

“I’m here to get a better understanding of the religious landscape of Tanzania,” said Cutler. “Religion is the very fabric of African society and we want to partner in building upon religious pluralism and diversity. The power of religion is such a significant factor in solving problems that face East Africa.”

One of several topics discussed was Cutler’s future visit to Dar es Salaam during Ramadan, the annual Islamic month of fasting.