We are excited to announce a very special Day of Reflection with Dr. John Cressler, Rabbi Mitch Cohen and Kemal Korucu. Our three presenters will share, not only their friendship with each other and how that has enhanced their lives, but also how their religious traditions encourage and support inter-religious dialogue as a path for peace and justice. Join us for what will be a very spiritually enriching and uplifting day!
Dr. John D. Cressler is one of Georgia Tech’s most decorated professors. He first became interested in interfaith issues while conducting research for his historical fiction novels – interfaith love stories designed to break open the magic of medieval Muslim Spain for modern readers. Cressler is also deeply interested in the interaction between science and religion, especially from an interfaith perspective, and has recently introduced a new course at Georgia Tech, titled, “Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue”. He and his wife Maria have been married for 34 years, are the proud parents of three exceptional young people, and the doting grandparents of five (nearly six!) beyond-cute little ones.
An inter-spiritual teacher and co-founder of The Neshama Interfaith Center, Rabbi Mitch Cohen is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom B’Harim (Hebrew meaning of ‘peace in the mountains’) in Dahlonega, GA. He was ordained a rabbi by the Metifta Adat Wolkowisk Rabbinical Academy in New York in June, 2011. Mitch earned his Master of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, with a focus on Jewish education and interfaith outreach from Siegal College of Judaic Studies in May 2008. Mitch provides counseling in two areas: difficult life transitions and grief. Mitch has three adult children, and three granddaughters.
Kemal Korucu is the president of the board of directors of Southeast Islamic Community Center. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Istanbul Cultural Center, Neshama Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. Outside of his work for his own software development company, Kemal always gives generously of his time, is frequently invited to speak at programs such as this and volunteers for interfaith dialogue activities whenever possible. Through him, many of us have learned about Islam and Sufism, and commonalities with other faith traditions. In April of 2015 he was inducted by Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel into College of Ministers and Laity. Kemal is married, and has a beautiful daughter.
What this Day of Reflection offers:
Gathering time is 9:00 am -9:30 am. The first presentation at 9:30am is held in the beautiful Ignatius Chapel and the day ends at 3 pm. There is a continental breakfast provided and a delicious vegetarian lunch is served mid-way through your day. This program includes presentations, conversation, time for silence and an opportunity to walk in the beautiful grounds. All are welcome.
Day of Reflection Retreat cost: $60.
Registration is through the Ignatius House Retreat Center’s website: www.ignatiushouse.org/spiritual-retreat-registration
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 9am to 3pm
Location: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328
Neshama Interfaith Center is dedicated to working with others to open spaces and opportunities for personal encounter, advancing interfaith dialogue, understanding and friendship.
The Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center was created to provide retreat and spiritual renewal for those seeking to discover and live out God’s will in their lives. Through its silent or spiritual retreats, yoga and meditation retreats, cancer retreats or 12-step retreats, it provides a sacred place of peace and quiet and offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to facilitate an encounter with God.