Last night at Chapman University, the first ever “Coexist” event took place between the Hillel and the Muslim Student Association. Promoted as “the first joint event between these two organizations in Orange County’s history,” Coexist featured a discussion between Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer and Imam Jihad Turk, with a question and answer session at the end. It was further described as “an event about overcoming hate and intolerance in our own community. Whether it be racial, religious, or domestic hate, this event is about people coming together to overcome the atrocities that happen within our own backyard and campus.” The two speakers were definitely very much in agreement about some things such as creating more of a “theology of life, rather than a theology of death” and that hate can be defused or perhaps overcome by education. An interesting anecdote that Imam Turk shared was regarding media coverage: interfaith events that have a positive interaction generate much less interest than where there is friction between groups….
To see them finish off the question and answers session, with their responses to combatting hate, see here for the video.
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