Faith & Ministry
Many people are confused and fear other people who have a different faith and belief system.
Understanding World Religions
Finding Common Ground with Your Neighbor Iv i n g i n a university town with Oak Ridge National Labs nearby and possessing the national headquarters of major corporations, communities in East Tennessee have been blessed with a diversity of cultures and religious belief systems. Our children do not have to necessarily travel the world because we literally have a global community here along the banks of the Tennessee River. Dr. David Kitts, an expert in World Religions and Church History, will be conducting a six-week study called Looking for God: An Introduction to World Religions held at Knoxville’s Central Baptist Bearden. Each Sunday evening at 6 pm from January 22 to February 26, the church will be filled with people who want to learn more about world religions and how our culture is affected by different belief systems and customs. “So what about our neighbors that are not ‘like us,’ whatever ‘us’ means?” asks Kitts. “What about those folks from a different county or Americans with a different belief system? Topics like this will be discussed during this study, and there will be a Q&A
Dr. David Kitts is a training specialist for the Knoxville Police Department and chaplain at the Knoxville Family Justice Center. He holds a doctorate in World Religions and Church History from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed graduate work at Cambridge University and Oxford University. time included in each session.” “The goal of this series is to learn more about the beliefs of non-Christian religions so that we may better interact with our ‘new’ neighbors,” adds Dr. Wade Bibb, senior pastor of Central Baptist Bearden. “We must be well-informed as we live and work on this shrinking globe. The world has come to Knoxville, and we must have a better understanding of world beliefs in order to be a more caring community.”
Christian, Jewish and Muslim Faiths Represented During Interfaith Dialogue This series will conclude February 26
with an interfaith panel, including Wade Bibb, Rabbi Beth Schwartz, and Muslim community representative Fathi Husain. Former 10 News anchor Bill Williams will moderate the discussion. Each lecture and especially the interfaith dialogue are open to the public. Bibb says that as far as he knows this will be the first time in the Knoxville community where Christians, Jews, and Muslims share their faiths openly, all at the same time, during an interfaith forum.
Looking for God: An Introduction to World Religions Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 at 6 pm Everyone is Welcome!
6300 Deane Hill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 865.588.0586
Knowing, Growing, Sharing www.cbcbearden.org