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Faith Club announces meetings

The Faith Club, presented by the Carroll County Interfaith Council and hosted by Carroll County Public Library's Finksburg branch, has announced the topics for meetings in the first months of 2014.

The next meeting will be Tuesday at the Finksburg branch. Those interested in participating in future Interfaith Council plans and Faith Club topics and leaders are welcome to meet from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The book/theme discussion will follow, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will center on "Yiddish Stories and the Jewish Experience," with Ted Chaskeslson leading the presentation and discussion. Chaskeslson will be drawing from the book "World of Our Fathers: The Jews of Eastern Europe," by Milton Meltzer. Chaskeslson has a special interest in Yiddish stories that were written by Sholem Rabinowitz, who chose as his pen name Sholom Aleichem.

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On Feb. 4, Sharon Glass will lead the program and discussion on the book "Fifty Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times" by Teresa A. Blythe. Glass' intention is to review some of the many different practices of people of diverse traditions, to give insight into the variety of ways they seek to practice their spirituality. The book is largely on practices in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

At the club's March 4 meeting, Jerry Fuss will lead a discussion on "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam" by Ted Falcon, Don Mackenzie and Jamal Rahman. The book is available at Amazon.com. Here is a brief description: "A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world. Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radio's 'interfaith amigos' - a pastor, a rabbi and a sheikh - provide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality. From their deep commitment and lived experience, they present ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically. ... Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing."

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The Faith Club will also meet April 1 and May 6 before taking a break for the summer. Meetings will resume Sept. 2. Themes for those programs are to be determined.

"If you are interested in reading about faith and having an interfaith dialog, we invite you to join the discussion at the Faith Club, where a broad spectrum of beliefs will be explored in an informative and respectful atmosphere," according to a calendar posting on the library's website, library.carr.org.

The program is on Facebook or, for more information, call Bekye Eckert at the Finksburg branch library: 410-386-4505.

The library is at 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

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