This April, a number of religions’ holy days (Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Ridvan and more) overlap for the first time since 1991, meaning that many Muslims, Jews, Christians, Baha’i, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and others will simultaneously be observing their holy days. This is an opportunity to come together to educate our communities and shape the public narrative about what it means to live well together amidst our religious and cultural diversity and difference.
Chicago Theological Seminary, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC, American Islamic College, The Parliament of the World's Religions, and the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council are sponsoring a Chicago Interfaith Trolley Tour and Iftar on April 24.
Riding onboard a trolley, participants will explore five sacred spaces in the Hyde Park/ Kenwood neighborhoods, learning about the April holy days, as well as the collaborative interfaith work happening in the community. Trolley riders will hear from and visit many different faith-based organizations, including: KAM Isaiah Israel, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Al Taqwa Mosque and University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel/Office of Spiritual Life. Speakers will also present from Buddhist, Jain, Sikh and Baha’i traditions.
The day will end with an interfaith Iftar dinner at sunset, hosted at Chicago Theological Seminary. Both the trolley and the Iftar are free, ticketed events. Covid protocols are in effect.
More information can be found here. Open registration for the trolley and iftar dinner will begin April 1. Space is limited.
A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC fosters and deepens relations between Christians and Muslims and builds bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths. To learn more visit www.lstc.edu
Welcoming students of all backgrounds, American Islamic College is a Chicago-based institution of higher learning grounded in Islamic values and steeped in Islam’s rich and diverse intellectual and cultural traditions. www.aicusa.edu
At Chicago Theological Seminary, our mission is to educate and inspire the next generation of religious leadership. As a historically Protestant and now multifaith seminary, our vision is to build the beloved community together with commitments to racial and social justice, to gender equality and LGBTQ rights, and to deep interreligious engagement. www.ctschicago.edu
The Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council promotes cooperative expression of our 19 member organizations’ shared concern for social justice in our community through programs related to health, hunger, homelessness, and refugees.
Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s premiere interfaith convening organization with a mission to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities. https://parliamentofreligions.org/
Kim Schultz, Hind Makki
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.