Service to Humanity in Abrahamic Faiths
Many ascetic interpretations of spirituality do not see any connection between spiritualty and service to humanity. However, we believe that significant versions of spirituality in Abrahamic faiths see the two as intrinsically connected. In this segment of Table of Abraham, we want to learn the place and primacy of service to humanity in Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
Please join us at Istanbul Cultural Center's Alpharetta / Milton location where we will be joined by Muslim, Catholic and Jewish representatives of the Abrahamic tradition.
6:30 pm Refreshments Served
6:55 pm Welcome and Introduction of Speakers
7:00 pm Talks begin in the order of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Speakers (20 min each)
8:00 pm Q & A
8:30 pm Program Ends / Informal Conversations Continue
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser works at The Center for Israel Education, a parallel organization to Emory University’s Modern Israel Studies Department. She develops curricula and workshops that teach the context and history of Modern Israel from a non-partisan stance using primary sources.
Ellen has a passion for social justice work. She has written and implemented programs on social justice for Jewish summer camps, synagogues and churches. Ellen is a three-time trip leader with the World Pilgrims taking Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Jews, on ten day trips with the primary goal of creating strong bonds through which interfaith teams will work to create a more harmonious future.
Ellen is currently the president of the Women’s Rabbinic Network an international collective of over 500 female rabbis. She serves on the executive committee of Atlanta’s Jewish Community Relations Council, and is a board member of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. She also just finished her fourth term serving on the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival selection committee.
Ellen is married to Dr. Jeffrey Nemhauser and together they work to raise three children to be global citizens responsible for caring for the earth and humanity.
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D., University of the Incarnate Word, TX
Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D. is a professor of religious studies at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She has received a number of awards, such as the Texas Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year, for her work building understanding and bridges between religious and cultural groups. She and the Catholic Incarnate Word Sisters (the group to which she belongs) were declared the 2013 Peace Laureate in San Antonio, TX, by the SA peaceCenter. Among her publications are Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Education, Challenges, and Hopes for Peace; Growing Seeds of Peace; Healing and Hope; and Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom, which has sites from a dozen countries and the history of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women associated with them. She frequently leads students on study tours helping to build cross-cultural relations. She was a scholar in-residence at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. She holds a Th.D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA; an M.A. in Religion from Fordham University; and an M.A. in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. She is a Catholic Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Martha Ann Kirk will share on the important role that education, and especially women’s education, plays in developing cohesive, just, peaceful, and compassionate societies. She will share stories from her research in Iraq and Tukey observing the work of the Hizmet Movement. This Movement which has been inspired by the acclaimed Muslim Turkish writer Fethullah Gulen provides quality education which promotes civic engagement to build democracy, justice, and peace. These schools are contributing to building healthy and peaceful societies in over 120 countries. This research was shared last spring in a panel with the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations-Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Imam Plemon T. El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
Plemon T. El-Amin is the Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive Mosques in the U.S. He is the former Director of the Clara Mohammed Elementary School and W. Deen Mohammed School of Atlanta. Working as a close aide and supporter of late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, Imam El-Amin has traveled the nation and the world, representing the concerns and interests of Muslim Americans and Interfaith adherents in such places as Palestine, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Denmark, England, Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia and South Africa.
Imam Plemon El-Amin serves on various religious and civic councils, including the Boards of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, the Atlanta Majlis Ash Shura, the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, the World Pilgrims, and the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. Imam Plemon is a native Atlantan, with a degree from Harvard University,and is married to Cassandra Scott El-Amin.