A Community Conversation on Human Dignity

Anne Kjemtrup, a member of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims Center and an active member of the planning committee, added that, “The concept that human dignity is inherent to people as a result of God’s grace is a shared belief across the Abrahamic faiths. We look forward to exploring in conversation how remembering the shared value of human dignity might improve our interactions with others.” 

As always, to facilitate a truly meaningful experience for the close to 200 people who typically attend this free interfaith event, the program will be interactive. Sitting at round tables of eight to 10 people, those attending will delve into questions designed to help each person gain insight about expressions of human dignity from faith or other traditions and how these values may assist us when we interact with others who hold opposing views on highly charged subjects, such as the status of refugees.

Those gathered again will sing “Children of Abraham” and engage in the traditional washing each other’s hands and breaking a loaf of bread to share with those at the table as symbols of respect and connection.

As part of an annual tradition, participants at Celebration of Abraham can donate money that is given to an organization connected to the theme of that year’s gathering. This year’s social justice offering will be Paul’s Place, a multifunctional facility to be built in Davis to serve the needs of those without permanent shelter. Paul’s Place will include 18 micro-units of permanent housing, 10 bedrooms for transitional housing, 4 emergency shelter beds, as well as a resource center with showers, laundry facilities and food.  All the funds to build Paul’s Place are from private donations.

Celebration of Abraham is sponsored by a number of spiritual organizations, including Congregation Bet Haverim/Jewish Fellowship of Davis, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Davis Community Church, Davis Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Davis Islamic Center, Davis Lutheran Church, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church of Davis, SALAM Center of Sacramento, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis and the Woodland Mosque.

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