January 31, 2018

Interfaith Panel Promotes Religious Diversity and Unity

On February 6, Notre Dame of Maryland University will be hosting its annual Notre Dame Day celebration. Among the various activities, an interfaith panel discussion led by the Global Solidarity Committee that will share the U.N.’s compassionate message of inclusivity.

Notre Dame Day is traditionally a day that recognizes the accomplishments of Notre Dame of Maryland University’s (NDMU) students and the institution’s rich history. This year’s event will be held on February 6. Throughout the afternoon, there will be various activities that are tied into NDMU’s Mission to build inclusive communities and engage in service to others.

One such event is a panel discussion led by the Global Solidarity Committee (GSC). Every year, the GSC sponsor events dedicated to the United Nations’ (U.N.) Interfaith Harmony Week, which occurs during the first week of February. This year’s intercultural, interfaith panel is looking to share the U.N.’s compassionate message.

“We are excited to have these leaders on our panel,” says GSC Chair and Chemistry Professor Dr. Angela Sherman. “They are dedicated to religious inclusivity and understanding, and as a result, I think it will lead to a great discussion.”

This year’s GSC panel of speakers will include Reverend Joseph L. Muth, Jr., Rabbi Sarah Marion, and Dr. Faheem Younus. It will take place on February 6, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Doyle Formal.

Reverend Joe MuthReverend Joseph L. Muth, Jr.

  • Ordained in 1974; Has served in six parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Currently works as a Pastor at St. Matthew Church, which, in 2000, established the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC)
  • Collaborates with Catholic Relief Services' Global Fellows Program, visiting various African countries like Kenya and Rwanda
  • Spiritual director of the parish outreach for gay and lesbian people; Program supervisor of LGBTQ Educating and Affirming Diversity (LEAD)​

Rabbi Sarah MarionRabbi Sarah Marion

  • Graduated from Brandeis University in 2008 (Dual-Degree: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Later obtained an M.A. in Religious Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Ordained a Rabbi in May 2016 and completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education in New York
  • Currently works as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore, overseeing grades K-12​

Dr. Faheem YounusDr. Faheem Younus

  • Graduate of King Edward Medical College and Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist; Currently working at the University of Maryland
  • Leads the antibiotic stewardship program and works to prevent PPCs and MHACs
  • Promotes the excellence of education among members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

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