Belief and Freedom of Conscience
Table of Abraham is a panel discussion with representatives from each of the three Abrahamic traditions who explain and examine their faith with one another. This time we had three great speakers at our first Table of Abraham event of the new year. Rabbi Peter Berg, Pastor Bill Coates and Imam Suleyman Eris collectively discussed the philosophical theme of freedom and conscience within each of their respective religions. This was a positive and enlightening lecture that revealed the many similarities of each religion’s teachings and practices on the event’s theme.
Belief and Freedom of Conscience
The Table of Abraham is a panel discussion with representatives from each of the three Abrahamic traditions who explain and examine their faith with one another. Each speaker gives a brief interpretation on the given topic from their own background followed by a collective discussion over the topic. This event acknowledges the demand and importance for interfaith dialogue and the positive role it plays in society. Although this event represents Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all religions are welcome to the table.
This event is free and open to the public and food will be provided. Please RSVP.
Topic: Belief and Freedom of Conscience
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Location: Holiday Inn Hotel – Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 3076
6:30 – 7:00pm Reception & light dinner
7:00 – 8:00pm Panel discussion
8:00 – 8:20pm Q&A session
8:20 – 8:30 Conclusion
The speakers for this event include Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple in Midtown, Dr. William (Bill) Coates, Jr. Senior Pastor of Gainesville First Baptist Church, and Imam Suleyman Eris from New Jersey.
Rabbi Peter Berg
Rabbi Peter Berg became the fifth Senior Rabbi of The Temple in July 2008. Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey and as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he served Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York as a rabbinic intern and at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, as its Youth Director.
In 2009, Rabbi Berg was inducted into the College of Preachers at Morehouse College. Rabbi Berg was a member of the 2012 Leadership Atlanta class. He was recently appointed to Georgia Holocaust Commission by the Governor. In 2013, Rabbi Berg was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States of America.
Rabbi Berg currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Karen Kerness Berg, a teacher and tutor, and their three children.
Dr. William Coates, Jr.
Dr. Coates is a native of South Carolina. He earned his undergrad degree from Coker College where he double-majored in Religion and English. He completed his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and secured his PhD in English (American Literature) from his beloved University of South Carolina. After serving as pastor of four churches in South Carolina, Dr. Coates was called to FBC Gainesville in 1998.
Imam Suleyman Eris
Born and raised in Turkey, Suleyman Eris has received his Islamic education both in traditional and modern sense. He participated in traditional circles in Turkey and Egypt, while visiting different sheikhs and scholars. He received his bachelor degree in Islamic Studies at Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.
In 2006, Eris received his master’s degree from University of Georgia where he worked on Sufism and a religiological comparison of two contemporary Turkish Sufis. The same year, he gave the opening speech at the Georgia Capitol as the Chaplin of the day. In 2011, he was the Director and Imam of the Turkish American Islamic Institute.
Mr. Eris is the author of A Brief Guide: Islam, Belief and Practice (2006). He has also published the following articles in The Fountain Magazine: "Interfaith Dialogue and Alliance Principles in the Works of Said Nursi" (Issue 67), "Master and Disciple, an Essay on Joachim Wach" (Issue 51), and "The Concept of Prayer in Said Nursi" (Issue 45).