Three other faiths to be focus of CAI series

Congregation Anshei Israel will present its third annual “Wisdom of Jewish Tucson” adult education series on Wednesdays, February 10, 17 and 24, from 7-9 p.m. This year’s program, “What We Need to Know About … Islam, Mormonism & Catholicism” provides an opportunity for interfaith conversations and greater understanding of other faith traditions, says Rabbi Robert Eisen.

On Feb. 10, Watheq Alobaidi, Ph.d., of the Muslim Community Center of Tucson will present “What is Islam?” A well-known scholar of Islamic jurisprudence, Imam Alobaidi will discuss the pillars of Islam, its Abrahamic foundation, the teachings of the Quran, and the importance of being kind and compassionate to family, friends and neighbors of all faiths.

President Cole Thies of the Mormon Church, Tucson Stake will present “Mormons: A Bird’s Eye View”on Feb. 17. Thies, who currently oversees several wards (congregations) in east Tucson, will outline the basic doctrines, history and organization of the Mormon Church, as well as explain daily life for its members and how being a Mormon influences one’s world view.

On Feb. 24, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson will speak on “Brothers and Sisters in Faith.” Kicanas, who as the seventh bishop of Tucson remains involved in the church’s youth, education and social action programs, will discuss our common roots and the ways that we share faith in God.

The cost for the three-week series is $18 plus a food donation for the Community Food Bank. Refreshments and socializing will follow each talk. RSVP by Feb. 8 at caiaz.org or call Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225.