Religious tolerance, freedom and kindness subject of gathering
Manteca Interfaith Community Appeal Hosts “An Evening of Respect”
It will take place on Thursday, March 24, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. MICA invites the South County community to attend the program hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Manteca and Pastor Bruce Blum at 525 South Union Road, Manteca.
The topic of discussion will be “Religious Freedom, Tolerance and Kindness”.
The evening will seek to answer questions such as “Why is freedom of conscience important for a healthy society?” “Why should we defend those whose beliefs differ from ours? and “What do faith communities contribute to society when they are free to operate according to their beliefs?
Guest speakers include Dennis Seaton of the Seventh-day Adventists Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Office and Ossama Kamel of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Seaton has served in the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor and administrator since 1978. In 2012, he became director of government relations for the church’s State Council. The Council is the oldest public interest advocacy and legal services organization in the Southwestern United States devoted exclusively to issues of freedom of conscience and religion and the separation of church and state. .
The Council serves a five-state western region for the Adventist Church. He works with people who have issues with religious accommodation in the workplace, monitors religious freedom, and promotes community engagement.
Kamel is the Organizing and Community Engagement Manager for CAIR Sacramento Valley/Central California. Her approach to organizing at CAIR-SV/CC aims to create spaces where community members are safe and empowered to share their stories, learn from each other, and mobilize to address everyday violence. . O
He is active in various organizations across the state of California that seek Indigenous sovereignty, Black and Palestinian liberation, and justice for immigrant rights. He is a graduate student in ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, specializing in race and resistance studies and African studies.
Citing their mission statement; MICA “strives to bring together people of different religions, beliefs and traditions around common goals of service, education and peace for all”. They achieve this by “acting with respect, appreciating diversity and responding in solidarity to those most in need, while promoting these values in the community from generation to generation, one activity at a time”.
All are welcome, as public support is vital to protect religious freedoms. MICA looks forward to this effort to bring together kind-hearted people. Light refreshments will follow the program.