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Fasting & Religious Faiths

fasting2Title: “Fasting & Religious Faiths: A Panel Discussion”

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Location: Johns Hall 101, Furman University, Greenville, SC 29613


What is Fasting? Who practices it and why? What are the risks or exclusions? Why Fast? 

The Interfaith Forum, Furman University and Atlantic Institute invite you to join us for a diverse panel discussion from many different religions as everyone explains what fasting is to them and answers audience questions. Fasting tends to be an unspoken subject in our culture. Concerns about health and hunger, fasting rituals and how to handle fasting in a food driven society are some examples of what will be discussed on this subject. 

This panel will explore the broader context of fasting and faith, how the selected traditions (Baha'i, Islam, Judaism, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) view the practice of fasting, and personal reflections on fasting and faith from the panelists. Fasting is an important part of many religious traditions, but it isn't often explored in larger conversation. This panel discussion will create space for sharing, listening, and learning about fasting and how and why faith communities practice fasting. This event is co-sponsored by the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, Interfaith Forum of Greenville, the Atlantic Institute, and Furman Interfaith Youth Core.

 This is an event that you absolutely don't want to miss.

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