Center For Interfaith Projects
     Promoting Understanding and Respecting Differences


Upcoming Events:

We welcome suggestions for interfaith programs and activities.

The Center for Interfaith Projects is planning an interfaith service for Welcome Week: September 17 or September 24. In process. 

Previous Events:

Living Together: An Interfaith Panel.  Individuals from the Center for Interfaith Projects--representing Hinduism, the Baha'i Faith, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Humanism--talked about the need to live together peacefully and work together for the common good. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 11am at the FM Unitarian Universalist Church.

Practicing Peace in the Wake of 9/11: A Vedantic Approach. Speaker: Swami Sarvapriyananda, a distinguished Hindu philosopher, brought the wisdom of Vedanta--an idealistic and yet very practical Hindu worldview--to the achievement of peace to our 21st century world. Sunday, September 11, 4- 5pm, 2016. Festival Concert Hall, NDSU.

International Day of Peace: A Multifaith Celebration of Peace in Song, Music, and Narrative. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. Sunday, September 18, 4pm, 2016. Ed Clapp Senior Center, 2801 32nd Avenue South, Fargo. Information, Marian Kadrie,701 235.7325. Sponsored by the Baha'i Community, Presentation Sisters, Unitarian Universalist Church, and Center for Interfaith Projects.

Meet Our Muslim Neighbors. The Detroit Lakes community was invited to come and meet two Muslims who shared their understanding of Islam and then welcome your questions. Featured speakers: Fauzia Haider and Ahmed Kamel, board members of the Center for Interfaith Projects. Sunday, October 2, 2-4pm, 2016. Minnesota Technical and Community College, Detroit Lakes.  

2016 Interfaith Pride Service: An hour of interfaith reflections and music--with affirmation from different faith and secular perspectives of new ways of thinking about family and in loving memory of the vicitims in Orlando. The theme this year was unraveling, reweaving, and selvage. Fargo Theatre, Sunday, August 21, 12:00 pm. Information: 701 388.7368.

Dinner Dialogue: Two representatives from different faiths and secular worldviews engaged in conversations at the NDSU Lutheran Center April 30, 2016. 5:30-7:30pm. Among the participants were Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Yazidis, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians (Catholics and Protestants), Baha'is, Unitarian Universalists, and atheists. After enjoying a variety of vegetarian soups and breads participants of at four tables, seating six each, responded to the question: How have you arrived at the beliefs that give your life meaning? 

 An Interfaith Conversation on Climate Justice:  After an explanation of Pope Francis' encyclical letter--On Care for Our Common Home--by a Catholic scholar, representatives of four different traditions responded to the pope's invitation "to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home." Dr. Vincent Smiles of St. John's University explained the encyclical and responded to comments by Dr. Michael J. Yellow Bird (Director of Indigenous Tribal Studies, NDSU), Dr. Hilda Koster (Co-Directro of Environmental Studies at Concordia College), Dr. Ahmed Afzaal (Department of Religion, Concordia College) Sunday February 14, 2-4pm, 2016. in the Barry Auditorium of Concordia College's Offutt School of Business. Sponsors: Concordia College's Forum on Faith and Life, Saint John University's Center for Interfaith Learning, and the Center for Interfaith Projects.  

Third Sunday Interfaith Gathering: Robyn Adams and Rachel Creppen--members of Concordia's Better Together Interfaith Student Alliance--discussed their experience at the Parliament of World Religions. Sunday, November 15, 5-6pm. NDSU Lutheran Center. 1201 13th Avenue North, Fargo.  2015.

Third Sunday Interfaith GatheringHow Science Informs My Faith and My Faith Informs My View of ScienceAlex Waters. An interfaith conversation. Sunday, October 18, 5-6pm. NDSU Lutheran Center, 1201 13th Avenue North, Fargo, ND.  Open and free to the public. 2015.

 Joint Jewish-Catholic Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate. Nostra Aetate is an October 1965 Vatical II document in which the Catholic Church repudiates anti-Semitism and the charge that Jews as a people are responsible for the murder of Jesus. It affirms the religious legacy and spiritual bond shared by Jews and Catholics. Father Luke Meyer discussed the history or Christian anti-Semitism. Bishop John Folda talked about Catholic thinking about Nostra Aetate since Vatican II.Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, gave a Jewish perspective on Nostra Aetate. Jews and Catholics sang Psalms, scripture common to the liturgy of each faith. It was the first time a Catholic bishop has spoken in Temple Beth El Synagogue. There was a large turnout. A reception followed. All were invited. Temple Beth El Synagogue, Fargo, ND. October 10, 10am. 2015.

2015 Interfaith Pride Service, August 16,  12:30pm.. An affirmation of the LGBTQ community through live music and poetry. The emphasis is saying yes to sexual difference.  A time for saying communally saying Yes. Fargo Theatre. Main auditorium.

3rd Sunday Interfaith Conversation: "I am Gay and Christian.Michael Larson, Director of Music and the Arts at Lutheran Church of the Cross, will discuss his spiritual  journey and invite your questions. August 16, 5-6pm. NDSU Lutheran Center, 1201 13th Avenue N. Fargo. 2015

International Day of Peace. A Multifaith Celebration of Peace in Song, Music, & Narrative. Laetitia Hellerud, a refugee from Burundi, spoke of what it was like to live and have to flee a war-torn country. Ed Clapp Senior Center/Carlson Library, 2801 32nd Avenue S., Fargo, ND.  Sunday, September 20, 4pm. 2015

Four Views of Jesus: Muslim (Ahmed Kamel), Christian (Sue Koesterman, Baha'i, (Rick Henderson, and Jewish (David Myers). These four faiths all affirm the oneness of God. One way in which they radically differ is in their understanding of Jesus. The panel not only provided four different perspectives on Jesus: it also modeled respectful interfaith dialogue. The panelists are also good friendsFargo Public Library, Main Branch. September 27, 2pm.2015

 3rd Sunday Interfaith Conversation: Forgiveness, July 19, 5-6pm A very diverse group of individuals shared their views on forgiveness. NDSU Lutheran Center, 1201 13th Avenue North, Fargo. 2015

3rd Sunday Interfaith Conversation: Brad Leeser talked about his journey to Mormonism. NDSU Lutheran Center, our new location: 1201 13th Avenue N., Fargo. Parking in back. The aim of these conversations is to promote respect and understanding across lines of difference. Sunday, May 17, 5-6pm  2015

Youth Interfaith Action: April 12, 3-5pm, 2015. Students--2nd through 12th grade--came together to assemble hygiene kits for people experiencing homeless.  Concordia's Better Together Interfaith Student Alliance is organized this event. Concordia's Knutson Center. 

3rd Sunday Interfaith Conversation:  April 19, 5-6pm 2015. Students from Concordia's Better Together Interfaith Student Alliance  discussed their work. Students from NDSU and MSUM will be invited to explore starting chapters of Better Together on their campuses. NDSU Lutheran Center, our new location: 1201 13th Avenue N., Fargo. Parking in back. Always check upcoming events to make sure we are meeting.  

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors: A diverse panel of local Muslims briefly told their stories and then invited questions from the audience. Over one-hundred people attend the event. The program provided an opportunity to better understand Muslims and Islam. Sunday, March 15, 2-4pm. Concordia's Offutt School of Business: Barry Auditorium. 901 8th Street South, Moorhead. Information: 701.388.7368 Sponsors: Center for Interfaith Projects and Concordia's Forum on Faith and Life. 2015

Faith without Dogmatism: An interfaith conversation. David B. Myers, program director of the Center and a Jew, led a discussion on the question: How can people be passionate about their faith while also respecting  and valuing other faiths and even secular worlviews? February 15, 2015, 5-6pm. NDSU Lutheran Center. 

Interfaith Dialogue and AtheismAn interfaith conversation.Ron Gaul, an atheist and new member of the board of directors of the Center for Interfaith Projects, used themes from Chrs Stedman's Faitheist to talk about the importance of interfaith dialogue from a secular perspective. Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5-6pm. NDSU Lutheran Center.

Interfaith Fall Festival of Gratitude 2014An Interfaith Potluck. Share food and fellowship across religious traditions. Representatives of different religions explained the meaning of gratitude in their tradition. This was our second festival of gratitude. About 90 people from six different faits attended. Sunday, October 19, 4-6pm. Elim Lutheran Church, 321 9th Street North, Fargo. Sponsors: Center for Interfaith Projects, Elim Lutheran Church (host), Baha'i Community,  Indo-American Association of the Great Plains, Islamic Society of Fargo Moorhead, Temple Beth El.

International Day of Peace: A celebration of peace in music, dance, and readings. The International Day of Peace was established in 1982 by the United Nations to encourage nations to seek nonviolent solutions to conflict. Eight different faith traditions were represented at this event. In addition, there were two different children's dance group performances expressing the theme of peace. Date and time: September 20 (2014), 7p.m. Place: Alumni Center of NDSU: 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo. Information: 701 388.7368

My Journey to Paganism & What You Should Know About the Pagan Way of Life. Author of 20 books on health and well-being, Dr. Todd Berntson--Chiropractor and doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology, licensed couples therapist, founder and director of Pagan Living TV--talked about how he came to paganism through a study of biochemistry and physics, what the term paganism has meant historically, and how it generally understood today. Sunday, April 27 (2014), 2-4p.m. Fargo Public Library, Downtown Branch 

Interfaith Youth Project: About 90 young people from five different faith communities--grades 6-12--were brought together to assemble hygiene kits (assorted toiletries) for homeless persons.The event provided the opportunity for youth from different faiths to meet each other and to do something socially beneficial. About 150 kits were assembled in very successful day of interfaith cooperation. Organized by the Center, Concordia's Better Together, the Presentation Prayer Center, and the Lutheran Church of the Cross. Sunday March 30 (2014).  Concordia's Campus Knutson Center.

Workshop: Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. Journaling can be a powerful spiritual experience. Those leading this workshop discussed its power to express and even shape one's spiritual life. Participants were shown different techniques of spiritual journaling. Audience: veterans of journaling, those new to the practice, and those who have never journaled. Co-facilitators: Trish Tallakson, Helen Beth Kuhens, and David B. Myers.
When: Saturday, March 22 (2014), 1:30-5p.m. Atrium of Presentation Prayer Center, 1101 32nd Avenue South, Fargo. Cost: $45.

The Need for Earth-Honoring Faiths: A Multifaith Panel. What do different faiths have to say about care for the environment or environmental justice? The guest of honor was Dr. Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Rasmussen, representing a radically progressive Christian viewpoint, explained the need for earth-honoring faith. The other panelists, responding to Dr. Rasmussen challenge, were: Mary C. Struck (buddhadharma practice), David B. Myers (Judaism), Fauzia Haider (Islam), and Rick Henderson (the Baha'i Faith). Wednesday, March 5, 7p.m., 2014, in Jones A/B of the Knutson Center of Concordia College. Sponsors: Concordia's Forum on Faith and Life, the Concordia Religion Department, and the Center for Interfaith Projects. Open and free to the public. 

Concepts of God: An Interfaith Panel. When people talk about God, are they talking about the same idea? What are different concepts of God? Representatives of Native American Spirituality, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha'i Faith,and Mysticism. Speakers briefly defined who--or what--God is and then invited questions. Sunday, January 26, 2-4p.m. Fargo Public Library, Community Room, Main Branch. Refreshments were served. (2014)

Fall Interfaith Festival of Gratitude: A potluck. Food and fellowship were by people of different faiths--who explained what gratitude means in their religious traditions. Elim Lutheran Church: 321 9th Street South. Sunday, November 24, 4-6p.m.  2013

Ask an Atheist: 4 Young Atheists Answer Your Questions. What would you like to know about atheism? How can one be good without God? How can life be meaningful without belief in a transcendent being and a life beyond the grave? Are atheists angry at religion? When and why did you become an atheist? Etc.,etc. Emphasis on honest questions and honest answers. The format: respectful Q & A, with emphasis on dialogue: no formal presentations. Where: Concordia College--Knutson Campus Center, Jones A/B. When: Sunday, October 27, 2:30-4:30. 2013

Observance of the International Day of PeaceA multi-faith event. Kevin Locke, internationally recognized Native American hoop dancer, performed. His theme was global unity. When: Saturday, September 21, 7p.m. (2013) Where: FM Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 9th Street South, Fargo. Refreshments will be served. 

Beyond Our Differences: Sunday, June 23, 7:30p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead. 121 South 9th Street, Fargo. Free and open to the public. 
Film & Discussion: Beyond Our Differences. A discussion of the ideas presented in this award-winning documentary that the explores substantial common ground that religions share, despite their differences. 2013

Spiritual Care and Serious Illness: Meeting the Diverse Needs of People with Life-Changing Illnesses.  A panel: Dr. Ann Sandgren (psychologist, Roger Maris Cancer Center; Rev. Jack Stanek (Director of Spiritual Care, Sanford); Willard Yellow Bird, Jr. (Native American shaman); Dr. Beth Anderson (cancer patient); Dr. David B. Myers (cancer patient). They addressed the question: How can caregivers be more sensitive to the diverse spiritual needs of persons who are seriously ill?  Oak Room, Hjemkomst Center, 2-4p.m. Sunday, April 21. 2013

Peace, War, Religion, and Spirituality. Five perspectives: Judaism (David B. Myers), Catholicism (Cathy Schwinden), Lutheranism (Stewart Herman), Islam (Afzaal Ahmed), and Mysticism (Phil Mouch). When, if ever, is war justifiable? Should we take risks to pursue peace? What is peace? Concordia College, Frida Nielson (north side of campus off of 7th Avenue South).Sunday, March 17, 2-4p.m. 2013

Rituals of Different Traditions: Demonstrations and Explanations. Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Native American. A representative of each tradition performed a ritual and talked about its meaning and significance. Also, there was a silent auction, including items from different faith traditions: hangings, icons, figures, ritual objects, etc.--in addition to an assortment of other items. Saturday, December 8, 2-4p.m. (2012) in the Lotus Studio of the Spirit Room: 111 Broadway, Fargo.

Three Faith Traditions and the Problem of Domestic Abuse: Perspectives on Hurt and Healing. Three speakers: Dr. David B. Myers, Judaism (Temple Beth El); Pastor Laura Stancher, Christianity (Trinity Lutheran Church); and Esra Ata, Islam (Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead). Where: Christian Life Center,Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. Saturday, November 24, 2p.m. Co-sponsors: Center for Interfaith Projects and Rape and Abuse Center. 2012

International Day of Peace: An evening of readings on peace from representatives of eight different faith traditions and music in the spirit of peace. Refreshments served. When: Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m. Where: Alumni Center, NDSU. Co-sponsors: Baha'i community, Presentation Sisters, Unitarian Universalist Church. 2012

Evolution vs. Religion-How to End the WarMichael Dowd, author ofThank God for Evolution (endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists) explained how evolution is Good News and scientific evidence is modern-day scripture. Co-sponsor:  Unitarian Universalist Church. When: Monday, August 27, 7p.m. Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead, 121 9th Street South--Fargo, ND.  2012

Interfaith Picnic: Where: Lindenwood Park (Main Shelter). When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19 (2012). Potluck.  A taste of bridge-building between faiths. Bring: religious neighbors shared food.  

Sufism: Reza Saberi talked about the Sufi spiritual movement that some have called the heart of Islam. Sufism is a Muslim form of mysticism that inspired the poetry of Rumi and that shows us a direct path to God. Where; Lotus Studio of the Spirit Room (111 Broadway, Fargo). When: Thursday, July 26, 2012,  7p.m. 

Forgiveness: Voices of 6 Religious Traditions. What does forgiveness mean in different faiths? Representatives of Hinduism (Vijay Sethi), Buddhism (Mary C. Struck), Judaism (David B. Myers), Christianity (Adam Copeland), Islam (Ahmed Afzaal), and the Baha'i faith (Rick Henderson) discussed their tradition's view of forgiveness. Sunday, May 20, (2012) 2.p.m. Fargo Public Library (Main Branch).

Meet the Mormons. What are the defining beliefs and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? How does this faith differ from other Christian faiths? How do  Mormons respond to the claim that they are not Christians? Moderated by David B. Myers, a panel of three Mormons addressed these and other questions. Saturday, March 24, 2p.m., 2012 @ Fargo Public Library (Main Branch).

Dialogue Between a Hindu and a Buddhist
Terry Lausch and  Ganapathy Mahalingam.

 What does it mean to attain liberation in the traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, and why should one seek liberation?

Sunday November 20, 2011,  from 2-4 p.m. @ the Spirit Room Downtown Fargo.

10th Anniversary of 9/11. An Interfaith Gathering of Remembrance and Peace. Display on 9/11. Readings by representatives of different faith traditions. Hjemkomst Center of Moorhead. 202 1st Ave N. (2011)

Eve of International Day of Peace. A multi-faith observance. Readings on peace from different sacred texts and sacred music. September 20 2011. Unitarian Universalist Church of FM. 121 9th Street S. Fargo. Free and open to the public.

Women & Spirituality: An Interfaith Panel--Young Female Voices

Tuesday, September 6. 2011. Concordia College: Jones A & B.

Knutson Campus Center. Free and open to the public.

Mysticism and the Problem of Suffering: A Dialogue. What are the implications of mysticism for dealing with suffering and evil in this world? Does mysticism view suffering and evil as illusions or as realities? Does it call for us to withdraw or to act? Views of two practitioners: Phil Mouch and Reza Saberi. Sunday, August 28, 2011. Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo, ND. 

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism: Terry Lausch

An Exploration of the Concept of Spiritual Materialism through Practice, Discussion Groups, and Videos of Chogyam Trungpa. Sunday, July 24, (2011) Spirit Room, 111 Broadway Fargo (Co-sponsored with the Spirit Room)

All-Day Buddhist Meditation Retreat: Learn About and Be Instructed 

in 3 Traditions:  Shamatha, Vipassana, & Vajrayana.  

Sunday, April 11, Spirit Room. 

111 Broadway

Mysticism and Mystical Experience: Three Perspectives

Laurie Baker, Phil Mouch, & Reza Saberi. March 20, 2011,Sunday,

 Spirit Room 111 Broadway.

Islam:Truths, Myths, & Misinformation

Dr. Ahmed Kamel (Concordia) FM Communiversity,

Concordia College. March 6 & 13, 2011.

How My Faith Helps Me in Difficult Times--Voices from Six Traditions:

Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Jewish, & Native American.

Spirit Room. (February 27, 2011)

Judaism, Christianity, & Islam--Three Faiths: One God?

A Jew, Christian, and a Muslim explored the question: Do Jews, 

Christians, and Muslims worship the same God?  F/M Communiversity,

Concordia College. (February 6 & 13, 2011)

A Conversation About Islam: Truths and Misconceptions

Dr. Ahmed Kamel (Concordia College) spoke about mistaken views of Islam and then welcomed questions from the audience. Fargo Public Library. (January 30, 2011).

What does it mean to be a human being? 

An interfaith dialogue open to all. Center for Interfaith Projects:

Interfaith Library. 111 Broadway. (November 20, 2010)

Three Views of Jesus: Muslim, Christian and Jewish

Dr. Ahmed Kamel: Professor, Concordia College

Reverend Sue Koesterman, Pastor, Elim Lutheran Church

Dr. David B. Myers, Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Projects Fargo Public Library (November 14, 2010)

A Dialogue Between an Atheist and an Orthodox Priest

Professor Davis Cope (NDSU) & Father Oliver Herbel 

(Fargo Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church)

Fargo Public Library  (September 25, 2010)

Forgiveness: Voices of 6 Religious Traditions. What does forgiveness mean in different faiths? Representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha'i faith will give their response. When: Sunday, May 20, 2.p.m. Where: Fargo Public Library (Main Branch). Rescheduled event.