Talk it out: teach in at Plymouth - Dialogue Project brings in diverse voices

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The Dialogue Project’s Annual City Wide Teach In takes place November 16, 1:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, 75 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights.

People from all walks of life will engage teachers in round table conversations about topics that many have felt are too sensitive to explore in mixed groups. Utilizing the Dialogue Project model for active listening and reflection, participants are invited to have difficult conversations led by clergy and lay scholars about anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and racism.

Keynote speakers are Rev. David Fisher, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims; Imam Khaled Latif, Islamic Center at NYU, and Rabbi Justus Baird, Center for Multi-faith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, who will explore ideas of inclusion and exclusion in their texts, cultures, and traditions.

Following the speakers, nine clergy and lay scholars will sit with participants at round tables and offer a more in-depth exploration of specific passages from the Hebrew and Christian bibles, and the Koran. Teachers will examine histories and interpretations that have led to discrimination. They will also explore passages and thinking from the three faiths that offer hope and promise for achieving the “Family of Humankind.”

Many local Brooklyn faith leaders will join with leaders from around the city to teach, including Rabbi Serge Lippe, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue; Imam Abdul Malik, of the Arab Muslim American Federation; Dr. Ahmad Jaber of the Arab American Association of NY; Rev. Daniel Meeter, Old Dutch Reform Church; Rev. Chick Straut, retired, United Methodist Church; Rev. Jeanne Person, Trinity Manhattan; Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Kolot Chayeinu; Rabbi Barat Ellman, a teacher at the Jewish Seminary and Anisa Mehdi, a journalist and documentary producer.

For information, contact 718-624-4743 or 718-768-2175 or visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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