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Living in a World of Difference Youth Program

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.

This 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 more about other faith communities. 

Program participants will:

  • Begin preparing for the journey of interfaith dialogue at the church in Bolton.
  • Discover more about Judaism from Rabbi Seth Riemer of Temple Beth Torah in Old Wethersfield, CT, and Islam from Imam Sami Aziz and Vjosa Qerimi with the Common Ground Institute
  • Share Kosher/Halal meal
  • Visit a local synagogue and a mosque to experience the worship space and learn more about the life and practices of these religions.
  • Hear the story of 'Father Abraham' as told by different traditions
  • Meet “the People of the Book” and reflect on what we’ve learned about these other faiths, the similarities and differences 

The program is held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continued on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. 

Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and snacks from Middle Eastern cultures. 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. For more information about program dates and registration contact Karen Nell Smith at, 508-331-3081.

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