Friday, August 23, 2019

BIC Discussion Fall 2019

We are excited to announce the first BIC Discussion for Fall 2019



Time: Thursday, September 19
Topic: Hope
Location: Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room A & B

Other discussion topics planned for Fall include, Lakota Spiritual Traditions, Value of Diversity and more... Watch this space for updates.

Brookings Interfaith Council

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Spring 2019 BIC Discussion topics finalized!!

We are excited to announce the discussion topics for Spring 2019!!



All sessions are on Thursdays and start at 6:30 pm.

Jan 17th - Peace from different faith perspectives at St. Paul's Epsicopal Church

Feb 21st - Faith responses to Refugees and Immigrants, Where Tribalism comes from) at the Islamic center
 
Mar 21st - Religion renewed for a changing world, An introduction to Bahai Faith at Brookings Public library

Apr 25th - Local Environmental Sustainability, Current efforts and Future perspectives at UCC

Special BIC event

May 11th - Ground breaking - Peace Garden at UCC (details to be announced).

BIC discussions seek to foster genuine understanding, respect and appreciation of diversity among people of faith (including non-theists) in our community. Please bring a potluck dish to pass, if you are able, or just show up for the evening. All are welcome. Invite a friend. Please be aware that many in our interfaith community do not eat pork or may be vegetarian.


The mission of the Brookings Interfaith Council is to cultivate peace and justice by engaging in dialogue to bridge religious and cultural differences and to bring the wisdom and values of our traditions to bear on the challenges facing our society.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


FALL 2018 Brookings Interfaith Council Discussions


Thu SEP 20 6:30 pm
Islamic Jesus
St Paul's Episcopal Church
Brookings, SD

Thu OCT 18 6:30 pm
Spiritual but not religious
Islamic Society of Brookings
Brookings, SD

Thu NOV 15 6:30 pm
Creation Care - Environmental stewardship
Brookings United Church of Christ
Brookings, SD

Thu NOV 29 6:30 pm
A Sea Change - Imagine a world without fish
Brookings Public Library
Brookings, SD

BIC discussions seek to foster genuine understanding, respect and appreciation of diversity among people of faith (including non-theists) in our community. Please bring a potluck dish to pass, if you are able, or just show up for the evening. All are welcome. Invite a friend. Please be aware that many in our interfaith community do not eat pork or may be vegetarian.The mission of the Brookings Interfaith Council is to cultivate peace and justice by engaging in dialogue to bridge religious and cultural differences and to bring the wisdom and values of our traditions to bear on the challenges facing our society.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BIC Discussion topics for Spring '18 finalized! Hope to see you at the discussion sessions!!


Thu, February 15th
Title: The Golden Rules of Dialogue – II
Venue – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm



Thu, March 15th
Title: Prayers ( from different faiths)
Venue: Brookings Public library, Cooper Room A
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm



Thu, April 19th
Title: Stereotypes/Religious apparel
Venue: Brookings Public library, Cooper Room B
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm



Thu, May 17th
Title: Faith and approaches to Social Justice (Faith communities and how we can work together)
Venue – UCC
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm


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Please bring a potluck dish to pass, if you are able, or just show up for the evening. All are welcome. Invite a friend. Please be aware that many in our interfaith community do not eat pork or may be vegetarian.

The mission of the Brookings Interfaith Council is to foster genuine understanding, respect and appreciation of diversity among people of faith (including non-theists) in our community. The Council cultivates peace and justice by engaging in dialogue to bridge religious and cultural differences and to bring the wisdom and values of our traditions to bear on the challenges facing our society.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January 2108 Program description

We have been engaged in Interfaith Dialogue for several years. Many of us will come and go and have taken our message the way we shared it with them. But, we never went back, reminded ourselves and tried to evaluate our practice and listen to our new participants. It is good time for us to start a discussion to remind and energize all of us on the basic rules of interfaith dialogues and share practice of other groups nationally and globally. Such an approach will reenergize and motivate us to bring more projects and discussion points. Dr. Leonard Swidler stated elegantly the three goals of interreligious dialogue as follows:

  1. To know oneself ever more profoundly and enrich and round out one’s appreciation of one’s own faith tradition
  2. To know the other ever more authentically and gain a friendly understanding of others as they are and not in caricature
  3. To live ever more fully accordingly and to establish a more solid foundation for community of life and action among persons of various traditions

The purpose of our next Interfaith Dialogue meeting is to bring up for discussion the golden rules of dialogue and share with each other how to improve our practice and advance to the next level of dialogue. (http://www.brookingsinterfaith.org/p/principles.html
We encourage you to check out websites of interesting groups like ours that have a collection of excellent articles. For example, (https://www.scarboromissions.ca/interfaith-dialogue/principles-and-guidelines-for-interfaith-dialogue).


Wednesday, September 27, 2017




PANEL DISCUSSION – MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN AMERICA: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR


Shari Thornes

City Clerk
520 3rd Street, Suite 230
Brookings, SD  57006
605.692.6281

September 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         For more information contact:
                                                                                                                                                Shari Thornes, City Clerk
                                                                                                                                                Phone: (605) 697-8641
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
PANEL DISCUSSION – MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN AMERICA: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR

The Brookings Human Rights Commission and the Brookings Interfaith Council will host the Community Common Read panel discussion “Religious Pluralism in America: A Day in the Life of Your Neighbor” on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the City & County Government Center 3rd Floor Chambers. The panel will consist of community members from various faith traditions who will provide overviews of their faiths and share their experiences in the community. A short question and answer session will follow. Refreshments will be served at 6 pm, with the forum beginning at 6:30 pm.

This panel discussion is one in a series of events in the Campus/Community Common Read program, designed to enhance engagement with the book How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi. In addition to the panel discussion, each week the Brookings Register will publish an article written by one of the panelists. These articles will strengthen community discussion regarding religious diversity by providing a deeper understanding of the panelists’ backgrounds and experiences.

Take advantage of this opportunity to unite with the Brookings and SDSU communities to expand our understanding of and appreciation for religious diversity. For more information, please contact (605) 692-6281 or humanrights@cityofbrookings.org.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Fall 2017 Interfaith Dialogues, sponsored by the Brookings Interfaith Council.
All gatherings will begin at 6:30pm with a potluck meal and conclude around 8:30pm.

·         Mon, September 11
o   Topic: Religion, Race, and Identity. How do our beliefs and our faith communities shape our sense of self and our view of others?
o   Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church [726 6th St.]
·         Mon, October 2
o   Topic: World Habitat Day. What do our faith traditions tell us about charity, service, and advocacy?
o   Location: Brookings Public library [515 3rd Street]
·         Mon, November 13
o   Topic: Collaborating across differences. What can we learn from different faith communities working together?
o   Location: Brookings Public library [515 3rd Street]
·         Mon, December 4
o   Topic: Prayer. What perspectives and practices shape your approach to prayer?
o   Location: Islamic Society of Brookings [724 11th Ave.]

Also join us for Interfaith Prayer and Reflection on the first Friday of every month, 7:00 pm at the Nagy residence, 1936 Orchard Drive. All are encouraged to bring and share prayers, poems, scripture, music, and anything else that moves you. These gatherings are intended to foster spiritually heightened conversations, fellowship, and common cause. For more information, contact Dianne at 605-695-7596.