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Youth Workshop: Living in a World of Difference

  • The Congregational Church of Christ, UCC 583 Main St. Leonminster MA 01453 USA (map)

We’re meant to live in peace with our neighbors, and, in today’s world, that means within a larger multi-faith society. In this interfaith youth faith formation experience, we’ll discover more about our Abrahamic brothers and sisters, prepare our hearts and minds for a trip to their places of worship, and reflect on our own beliefs as Christians engaging with our neighbors of other faiths.

A unique day-and-a-half opportunity will be facilitated by Rev. Karen Nell Smith, Interfaith Engagement Program Director of the Brookfield Institute. She and her interfaith colleagues invite those of confirmation age to come to learn and meet young members of other faith communities.

On Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., participants will

  • Prepare for the journey of interfaith dialogue
  • Discover more about Islam with Chaplain Mary Lahaj
  • Share Kosher/Halal meal
  • Learn about Judaism from Chaplain LeahGrace Kayler
  • Have “tea with Abraham” and hear stories of our shared Biblical ancestors
  • Celebrate Purim at Congregation Agudat Achim, Leominster, with
  • Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman and congregation

And continue on Sunday, March 12, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.:

  • Visit the Islamic Society of Worcester, talk with members about the
  • worship space and practices, and observe the mid-day Dhuhr prayers
  • Meet “the People of the Book” and reflect on what we’ve learned about these different faiths, the similarities and differences.

Cost is $25 per person which includes 3 meals and all workshop materials. Groups from each participating church must be accompanied by at least one adult and provide its own transportation. Safe-church permission slips for the event are the responsibility of each congregation. To register or for more information, contact Karen Nell Smith at, 508-331-3081. Download an event flier here.