Unity among people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds is a beautiful thing. If you agree, the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews’ Clergy Dialogue has a special evening planned for you at 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The program is titled "One Nation Under God," and will include a clergy processional, a collection of readings, and an interfaith choir made up of choir members from throughout Miami-Dade County.
In a press release, the Rev. Diane Shoaf, one of the program’s coordinators said, "Our political and social environment has regrettably become categorized into what people believe our nation stands for, and the search for our common good has become separated, angry and argumentative. We are unable to hear one another and unable to find a common ground. This is not what our forbearers intended when they envisioned ’a more perfect union.’ "
Because of this "challenging atmosphere," the Clergy Dialogue decided to reach out to members of Miami’s rich cultural community, through a collections of readings and musical selections that will remind the congregation of the aspirations of those who paved the way, of this generation and the generations to follow. Shoaf said, "It is hoped that those in our community can begin to find a common discourse." The readings at the program will include parts of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address.
The interfaith program is presented in partnership with the Archdiocese of Miami, the Council of South Florida Muslim Communities, the Episcopal Diocese of Miami, Faith in the City and the Rabbinical Association of Miami.
The MCCJ was founded in 1935, to promote respect and tolerance through advocacy, education, dialogue and conflict resolution. The Clergy Dialog is believed to be the oldest continuous interfaith dialog in the United States. Clergy who wish to participate should call Roberta Shevin, MCCJ executive director at 305-755-6096, ext. 16 or log on to miamiccj.org, for more information.
The worship and music service is open to the community. Trinity Cathedral is at 464 NE 16th St., near Downtown Miami.
Kids can learn about Shabbat
The Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation and the PJ Library invite parents to bring their young children for a story and activity session about Shabbat to be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. The program will be led by the school’s Early childhood Center teacher Melissa Shub.
Also, "The Next Century: The Young Professionals of Beth David Congregation" invites those in their 20s and 30s to a Young Jewish Professionals’ happy hour to be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Foxhole Bar, 1218 14th Ct., in Miami Beach.
Admission is free and the event will feature raffle prizes and a private bar just for the Next Century group.
To RSVP, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The temple is at 2625 SW Third Ave.
Jewish adult ed
Temple Bat Yam will host a number of educational classes throughout October. The classes will start with "Introduction to Judaism," led by Rabbi David Spey and will explore the basics of Jewish history, literature, belief and practice.
The class is designed for those who wish to enrich their understanding of Judaism from an adult perspective, those considering joining the Jewish people through the process of conversion and couples, including those in interfaith relationships desiring to deepen their understanding and enhance the Jewish components of their family life.