The Inter-religious Dialogue session will be led by Schaab, Imam Saad Baig from the Islamic Centre of the Quad-Cities in Moline and Rabbi Tamar Grimm of the Tri-City Jewish Centre in Rock Island.
The interfaith sessions are designed with a tone free from politics.
“Our goal is to educate, to give people information,” Grimm said. For example, the first session will be on the separate calendars, holy days and celebrations of the three faiths. It will take place at the Islamic Center
Looking at sacred scriptures will be very interesting to many Christians,“ Schaab predicted.
"Each one offers something unique,” Grimm said. “But at the same time, it amazes me how much we share, in every one of our traditions.”
Schaab, the Catholic priest, believes that knowledge gained from the Inter-religious Dialogues deepens faith. “We want to be supportive, appreciative and sensitive to one another,” he added.
Baig, a Muslim imam, said such education teaches respect for all faiths. There also is value in seeing leaders of these faiths together on one stage, he pointed out. Baig cited a phrase that he believes is central to the outreach effort:
“The more you sweat in making peace, the less you will bleed in war.”