Jewish Community in Bozeman, Montana
Talking with Neighbors
An Interfaith Forum for People of Gallatin Valley
First Wednesdays , noon—1:00 pm, September—May
Living in a multi- religious world, learning from one another
Accommodating the rich religious diversity of Bozeman in a one-hour format is challenging. We are pleased that each month local religious leaders, as named in the topic descriptions, will be joining us. What do we have in common? How do we differ? How can we live in community with one another? In a world growing smaller, in a nation becoming more and more multi-religious, in a community becoming more diverse, it is important to understand our neighbors, their values and their traditions. The purposes of the Interfaith Forum are:
- To demonstrate visible respect for one another
- To emphasize our commonalities
- To celebrate and learn from our differences
Watch Rabbi Ed, Father Proxell, Rev. McDevitt and Dr. Amin’s April 2014 presentation for Pecha Kucha: Click here.
Some welcoming details
- Bring your lunch
These forums take place from 11:30 am—12:30 pm so that working folks and others can “brown-bag” it. The forums will each last 1 hour.
Please respect the Temple and do not bring pork or shellfish products.
- Invite your friends
Anyone is welcome to attend, listen and ask questions, from any faith tradition or no faith tradition.
- Where is Temple Beth Shalom?
2010 W. Koch St Bozeman, MT 59718 (behind Albertsons)
From downtown Bozeman, take Main Street west to the 19th Avenue intersection. Turn left (south) onto 19th Avenue. Go two blocks south to West Koch Street. Turn right (west) on West Koch St and go one and one half blocks. The temple parking lot is on the left.
- Where to park
If the parking lot is full, please park on the street.
Call Temple Beth Shalom, 406-556-0528.
Religious Freedom and Tolerance
How do we balance these two important values? With Joel, Lutheran
Humility in Religious Tradition
What wisdom does our tradition bring to the practice of humility? With Karen deCotis, Buddhist
The Parliament of the World’s Religions
First-hand reports from this mid-October event. All local Parliament attendees, please come! With Sally, Bahai
Spiritual Responses to Life’s Obstacles
Watch (with us) Kitra Cahana’s TED talk about her rabbi father’s severe stroke and its aftermath, then hear panelists’ response and join the discussion. With Dave Johnson, Mormon
Politics and the Pulpit
As this election year begins, consider the relationship between faith and politics, “church” and state. With Joel, Lutheran & Nina Grey, UU
Music, Chant, and Recitation
Learn about the role of music in religious traditions. Audio included! With Flo, Sufi
How do our religious traditions regard anger? With Tom Wells, Buddhist
Access to G!d
Do we need a religion to access G!d? With Nina Grey, UU
What Makes the “Holy Land” Holy?
The Abrahamic traditions share a sacred geography. How do our religious traditions look upon this land today? With Sally, Bahai
Panel Participants 2015—2016
- Rabbi Ed Stafman has been rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom since 2008. For many years a trial lawyer in Florida, he also holds a masters degree in religion and has completed the coursework for a PhD in Religion of Western Antiquity.
- Dr. Ruhul Amin is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MSU. He is president of the Islamic Center of Bozeman and faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association. He is a native of Bangladesh.
- The Rev. Jody McDevitt has been co-pastor of First Presbyterian Church (PC (USA)) since 1997. Her theology degrees are from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She was ordained in 1988.
- The Rev. Leo Proxell has been pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for 13 years. He was ordained in 1973 and has served parishes in western Montana. His 9 years of campus ministry at Carroll College included 3 years of teaching theology.
- Invited guest panelists — Accommodating the rich religious diversity of Bozeman in a one-hour format is challenging. We are pleased that each month additional local religious leaders will be joining us.