SLC Gathering Oct 1 2015, at the historic Salt Lake
We hosted a large attendance of old members and enjoyed
meeting many new members. More pictures at the bottom....
we ate, we were serenaded by the wonderful group that Julie Gardneer
brought together. And the audience enjoyed singing two LDS hymns newly
transcribed into Hebrew. Children played and danced to the music.
Friends and "once strangers" enjoyed learning of each other's diverse
backgrounds at the tables. This truely is a feature of B'nai Shalom.
BYU Professor Brent Top "They are
not all Israel, Which are of Israel" (Romans 9:6)
Top shared experiences and observations that he and Sister Top have had
in BYU's program at the Jerusalem Center. He has recently re-visited
Israel and the Jerusalem Center. He also spoke of how we can and should
have "holy envy" of beliefs and practices of those of other
faith traditions. He graciously fielded questions from the audience.
term "Holy Envy" comes from Krister Stendahl. By this he meant that can respect elements in another religious
tradition or faith and wish could, in some way, be
reflected in our own religious tradition or faith.
Link to Professor Top's speaking notes. You might read while listening. ->> Professor Top Notes. Audio (MP3) of his talk below:
Brother Top is currently Dean of Religious Education at BYU and a Stake
President. He served a full-time mission to the Denmark Copenhagen
Mission. He received all of his degrees from BYU —a BA in history, a
Masters degree in instructional media and a PhD in instructional
science and technology. He held the endowed Professorship in Moral
Education for two years prior to his call as President of the Illinois
Peoria Mission (2004-2007). He was appointed department chair in June
Graden was the dance teacher for this gathering, capably leading an
enthusiastic group. ()Amanda Brown is continuing graduate work in
Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.)
Over 170 attended this gathering. We look forward to continued
and many more Spirit-filled evenings where we, His children, can join
together to enjoy each other and the benefits offered in the fellowship
of Judah and Joseph.
learned: There was a slight handicap of sound system changes that had
been made and incomplete support of equipment. We are prepared for
smoother operation in the future.