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February Dialogue

On February 2nd – Super Bowl Sunday – from 2:30 until about 4:45 or 5:00 (it will end well before the Super Bowl begins), we will be sponsoring a dialogue on the topic of Trinitarian Monotheism.  The dialogue will be jointly hosted by the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC) and Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) at 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817.  The dialogue will begin with short presentations by a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew, followed by a lengthy Q&A session.  The program will be moderated by Kori Phillips, Associate Pastor of the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.  Those in attendance can expect a vibrant discussion, sparked by three very different perspectives on Trinitarian Monotheism, reflecting the diversity of viewpoint within the Abrahamic family.

Speaker bios:

Alexander Patico, after growing up in a secular household, became an Orthodox Christian in 1972.  After a stint in the Peace Corps, he worked for over thirty years in international education and training.  He is the North American secretary for the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, a board member of Churches for Middle East Peace and a supporter of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a national campaign to neutralize anti-Muslim prejudice.  Alex has participated in a number of interfaith activities, including the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011, and has contributed to books such as Replenish:  Thirty-Three Openings to the Sacred and Cross-Cultural Learning.  He was a co-founder of the National Iranian American Council and the Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network.

Daniel Spiro is the author of two novels of ideas, Moses the Heretic (Aegis Press, 2008) and The Creed Room (Aegis Press, 2006).  He is currently completing his first non-fiction book, which focuses on the topic of God.  In addition, Dan has published works on the role of religion in the public schools and the philosophy of education.  He has served as Coordinator of the Washington Spinoza Society and JIDS since those organizations’ inception in 2001 and 2009, respectively, and he is also involved in multiple groups working for peace in the Middle East.  When not pursuing his love for philosophy, religion and peace, Dan works as a Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he specializes in fighting fraud by major corporations.

Haytham Younis was affiliated with The Islamic Society of North America from 1983 to 1990, at which time he traveled to Saudi Arabia and remained there for 12 years.   After studying Arabic and Islamic Law at the Islamic University of Medinah, Haytham returned to the United States to be involved in interfaith work and prison outreach.  He has served as a member of the ISNA Speakers’ Bureau, engaging in traveling and lecturing to audiences about Islam, and has produced a number of videos that can be found at  Haytham is now frequently asked to deliver Friday sermons at mosques throughout the Washington, D.C. area and is a co-founder of JIDs.