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All Dyersville Reads: August 1-31


Join us for a special month of book discussions and programming centered around the book, The Faith Club: a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew - Three The Faith Club bookWomen Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner. The Faith Club tells the true story of an American Muslim woman who befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian who then decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger.

The goal of All Dyersville Reads is that through a shared reading experience, our community will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding and tolerance of differing religious viewpoints. The library encourages everyone to borrow a copy of the book and to attend the companion programming that is scheduled. All ages are welcome to participate but the topic is geared for teens and adults. The Dubuque inter-religious group, Children of Abraham, is partnering with us to lead some of the programming. For more information about Children of Abraham visit their website at http://cofabraham.org. Please call the library or pick up an All Dyersville Reads flyer for more information. Planned events include: 

 

Book Discussions

Join us for any or all of the scheduled book discussions.

book discussion

  • August 7 @ 12 noon
  • August 8 @ 7:00 pm ***with special guests from Children of Abraham***
  • August 17 @ 6:30 pm
  • August 19 @ 11:00 am
  • August 21 @ 6:30 pm
  • August 29 @ 6:00 pm ***with special guests from Children of Abraham***

 ***Meryem Ouabhi from Tri-State Islamic Center, and Kate Scheinman from Temple Beth El will attend the August 8 discussion. Bonnie Sue Lewis from Westminster Presbyterian Church and Professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will attend the August 29 discussion. 

 

Documentaries:

There will be a short discussion following each film. 

documentary

Islam: Empire of Faith

This three-part PBS series tells the story of the great sweep of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years -- from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire.  Not Rated.

Part 1 recounts the history of Islam, from its beginning in 622 A.D. to its zenith hundreds of years later as an intellectual and artistic empire. (60 min.) Part 1 will be shown on:

  • Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, August 18 @ 2:00 pm

 

Parts 2 & 3 recount early Islam’s thirst for knowledge; the beginning of the Crusades; and the history of the Ottoman Empire. (105 min.) Parts 2-3 will be shown on:

  • Thursday, August 10 @ 6:30 pm
  • Friday, August 25 @ 2:00 pm

 

Jerusalem: Center of the World

This PBS film explores the founding of the city of Jerusalem; the birth and convergence of the world’s three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam); and the key events in Jerusalem’s history as described in the varied religious sacred books. Not Rated (120 min.). This film will be shown on:

  • Tuesday, August 15 @ 6:30 pm
  • Monday, August 28 @ 2:00 pm

 religious symbols

Panel Discussions:

Members of the Dubuque inter-religious group, Children of Abraham, will join us to lead two presentations including discussion and a time for questions and answers.    

Women and Religion: August 23 @ 6:30 pm

Join three women from the Dubuque inter-religious group, Children of Abraham, as they lead a discussion on the role of women in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions.  Participating in this panel are:

  • Bonnie Sue Lewis from Westminster Presbyterian Church and Professor at  University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
  • Erin Ogborn from Tri-State Islamic Center and New Product Coordinator at John Deere Dubuque Works.
  • Rebecca Gottlieb from Temple Beth El.

 

Politics and Religion: August 31 @ 6:30 pm

Members of the Dubuque inter-religious group, Children of Abraham, will join us to lead a discussion and answer questions on the role of politics in relation to the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. Participating in this panel are:

  • Alan Garfield from Temple Beth-El and Professor of Computer Graphics at University of Dubuque
  • Adib Kassas from Tri-State Islamic Center and Psychiatrist at Mercy Hospital
  • John Eby from St. Raphael’s Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church of Dubuque and Professor of History at Loras College.