Barry McNamara  |  Published April 18, 2024

Interfaith Dialogue

Monmouth College’s April 25 event to include Rev. John Huxtable ’04, Rabbi Jennie Bunde and Imam Bachir Djehiche.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Bringing people of different beliefs together and creating a higher level of understanding is the goal of a special Monmouth College event on April 25.

Three religious leaders from the area will participate in “Building Community through Interfaith Dialogue,” which will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public.

“No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions.” – Hans Kung


The speakers will be the Rev. John Huxtable, Monmouth College chaplain; Rabbi Jennie Bunde, the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Galesburg; and Imam Bachir Djehiche, religious director of the Quad Cities Islamic Center in Moline.

Joshua Gentzke, Monmouth professor of philosophy and religious studies, will moderate the event.

“Catholic theologian Hans Küng has a quote: ‘No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions,’” said Huxtable. “I read that quote just a few days ago, and I thought, ‘That would’ve been great to have on our poster.’ That’s essentially what we’re doing with our event – introducing people to people of other faiths and helping us all understand the commonalities we share. We have more similarities than differences.”

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