An interfaith panel discussion on April 10 will examine mercy through the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Interfaith Panel Discussion to Focus on Mercy

An interfaith panel discussion on April 10 will examine mercy through the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Interfaith Panel Discussion to Focus on Mercy

The Elms College Religious Studies Department, the Diocese of Springfield Office of Faith Formation, and the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts will host a special panel discussion, “Looking at the Face of Mercy Through the Eyes of God: An Interfaith Dialogue,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Alumnae Library Theater at Elms College. The presenters at this event will offer Jewish, Catholic and Muslim perspectives.

Presenters:

Rabbi Devorah Jacobson is the director of spiritual life at Jewish Geriatric Services Lifecare in Longmeadow, Mass.; a board-certified chaplain in the National Association of Jewish Chaplains; and a faculty member at Florence Melton Schools in Springfield and Northampton. Rabbi Jacobson received her B.A. from Brandeis University and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982. She received her doctor of divinity in 2007.

Fr. Warren J. Savage is a lecturer in the religious studies department at Elms College. He also is the Catholic Chaplain at the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center at Westfield State University; an instructor in the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program; and a member of Spiritual Directors International, the Academy of Homiletics and The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Imam Rasul Seifullah is the resident imam at Al-Baqi Islamic Center for Human Excellence in Westfield; instructor/counselor at Hampshire County House of Correction; and chaplain at the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center at Westfield State University. Imam Seifullah is also a member of the New England Council of Masajid and is a U.S. army veteran.

Each presenter will give a lecture; following the three presentations, a discussion and Q&A session will be held.

“Mercy is a universal principle that is embraced by the three major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In these religious traditions, mercy is considered an attribute of God and, because all people are created in the image and likeness of God, the human person is called to be a sign of God’s mercy and be merciful towards one’s neighbor,” Fr. Savage said.

This free event is open to the public; please register by calling 413-265-2575 or emailing schweina@elms.edu.