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Jewish, Muslim and Christian Rituals from Cradle to Grave


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Date: 3 Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, and 17

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $40

Enrollment: 15 min./40 max.

Register by: January 2nd 

How do different faith traditions celebrate the times of our lives? From beginning to end, our life stages are marked by religious rites. We will explore how those traditions vary in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. What are the rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death in these different faiths? Three learned religious leaders will enrich our understanding of the response of their communities to the cycle of human life.

Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, in San Antonio in 2002 after 26 years as the Temple’s Senior Rabbi. He is the author of Making the Timeless Timely: Thoughts and Reflections of a Contemporary Reform Rabbi and of Boundaries, Not Barriers: Some Uniquely Jewish Perspectives on Life. He is deeply committed to
enhancing interfaith relations. He is the first Jewish leader to receive religious leadership awards, both from the Texas Conference of Churches and the San Antonio Community of Churches.
Imam Beytullah Çolak was born in Turkey, and lived in Argentina for 10 years. As the San Antonio branch imam of The Islamic Institute (Houston Blue Mosque), Imam Çolak serves as an ambassador of Turkish and Argentine culture in San Antonio. He has had audiences with Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) in Buenos Ares, has met with him as
Pope three times, and continues to work to build Muslim-Catholic dialogue. Through his volunteer work with the Raindrop House of San Antonio, he coordinates several interfaith activities, and contributes to the interreligious compassion awareness movement growing in the area.
Reverend San Williams, an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is currently serving as Interim Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served Presbyterian churches in Houston, Corpus Christi, and most recently, Austin, as Pastor of
University Presbyterian Church of Austin.