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Toward Understanding: A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation

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330 Ravenswood Avenue

Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Please join us for an interfaith conversation between leaders in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. In this dialogue, we are hoping to move beyond the great and formidable edifices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which means also to move beyond the stereotypes that we tend to have about these great traditions. Instead, we hope to give one another a glimpse into the way in which the sacred stories of these faiths have interacted with and transformed our personal stories, which is nothing less than a glimpse into what it is that is compelling to each of us as followers in and leaders of our respective traditions. And perhaps… how, especially in this season where our public discourse seems to be disorienting and divisive, our traditions invite us into a different way of talking and being together that we find thoughtful and hopeful and helpful in cultivating a heart for justice. We believe that this more personal encounter between our traditions will do more justice to each of them. And, as you will see, we will each have something to say not only about what is powerful to us in our own faiths, but how we understand our faiths to shape our interaction with the world in terms building a world that is more just.


Following the conversation there will be an interfaith community resource fair in Trinity Hall. This event is free and there is childcare avaliable. Tickets are recommended as space is limited. RSVP for childcare is required.

About our Speakers

Rabbi Sarah Weissman, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am

Rabbi Sarah Weissman is an associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, where she has served since 2008.In addition to her pastoral and pulpit duties, Rabbi Sarah oversees the adult education program and the Interfaith Outreach Committee. Rabbi Sarah and her husband, Eric Weissman, are proud parents of a son, Maverick.

Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillet, Rector at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett is the rector of Trinity Church in Menlo Park where he has served since 2009. An Episcopal priest for the past 25 years, Matthew has served congregations in Missouri, Illinois, and Tennesee before coming to California. While deeply rooted in the Christian tradition, Matthew is interested in the way all religious traditions draw us into narratives and relationships that ultimately seek to transform us.

Sheikha Maryam Amir, Instructor at Hikmah Institute

Maryam Amir received her Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the effects of mentorship rooted in Critical Race Theory for urban high school students of color. Maryam has memorized the Holy Quran, has spent the past 12 years studying Islamic scholarship and holds a second degree black belt in the martial arts form Tae Kwon Do. She writes for prominent Muslim sites such as aljumuah.com and virtualmosque.com and tours nationally and intentionally addressing communities on topics such related to spirituality, social issues and women's studies.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Trinity Church has a small parking lot accessible from Ravenswood ave. There is additional parking across the street at SRI and street parking in our neighborhood.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Contact Rev. Elizabeth Riley with any questions:

elizabeth@trinitymenlopark.org / 650-419-4316


Can I come even if I don't RSVP?

Yes, you are welcome to come even without an RSVP or a ticket. We recommend RSVP'ing so that we are able to provide adaquate hospitality.

How can I sign up for childcare?

Please RSVP for a general admission ticket and then an additional childcare ticket for every child who will require childcare. The Trinity nursery is staff with professional childcare provides on site. We do require RSVP for childcare so we can have an adaquate number of providers avaliable. If you have questions about childcare please contact Alecia McDowell: office@trinitymenlopark.org / 650-326-2083

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