By Janice Neumann, Chicago Tribune, 4/1/13
Christianity, Islam and Judaism may seem like totally different religions, but participants at an interfaith forum in Frankfort learned they all share some basic principles.
The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) forum included talks on “faiths respecting other faiths,” and the history and similarities of the three religions. The speakers were Rabbi Michael Balinsky, executive vice president for the Chicago Board of Rabbis, Dr. Joan Gorski, professor at The Biblical Institute, Chicago Scripture School and professor/teacher at St. Laurence High School and the University of Saint Francis, and Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)-Chicago.
SWIFT includes 13 mosques, churches and synagogues, which meet monthly and stage various events, including public forums and community dinners. Members also perform service work through the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Habitat for Humanity. (Full article)