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Distinguished Speaker Dr. Ori Z. Soltes

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Ori Z. Soltes

On Wednesday February 26th, the Greenville Atlantic Institute (formerly South Carolina Dialogue Foundation) office hosted Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University Department of Theology, DC He gave a very fascinating lecture on the historical background of Mr.Fethullah Gulen's connection with Sufism, Plato and Plato's critical thinking . He also discussed the views of Mr Gulen along with these other contemporaries and the similarities between them with regards to their philosophies.

He connected the thinking of Rumi, Ibn-Arabi and Gulen with the common thought of Universal Love for human beings. In about an hours time, Dr. Ori took us on a historical journey up to our modern day. He explained the ongoing political crisis in Turkey and the future possibilities for that country. He also took the time to share how all of these educational institutions established by the people inspired by Mr. Gulen's philosophy are adding positive contributions to the world's peace.

Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islam

Atlantic Institute (formerly South Carolina Dialogue Foundation) Greenville Office hosted a lively discussion given by Dr. Scott Alexander Associate Professor of Islam, Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, on the subject: "Islamic Renewal, the Gülen Movement, and Turkish Democracy" on Monday April 15th.

Approximately 35 participants gathered to listen to his vivid lecture. He took us through time to discuss the rise and fall of the different empires and their leaders and the differing sects of Islam they belonged to. He broke down his in depth research and work for us to understand in lay terms how these leaders came into power, how history unfolded and how it continues to unfold today. Many questions were asked by those in the audience following his presentation. A reception followed his presentation for all to be able to stay longer and have conversation with eachother and with Dr. Alexander.

Speaker Dean Storer

Speaker Dean Storer

The Greenville office hosted Guest Speaker Dean Storer on March 9th.

Dean is an International Speaker and Counselor that holds an in-depth understanding of the ability that the human spirit has, to overcome obstacles.
The audience, comprised of young and old, went on an adventure through our thoughts and feelings to understand how we become who we are. All guests were ecstatic to receive a copy of his book, "Make it Happen Man" a real surprise treat!

An Evening With: Fred Leffert

An Evening With: Fred Leffert

metingpointAn Evening With: Fred Leffert:
"History and Analysis of the Jewish in Greenville"

The Greenville Office, together with MeetingPoint - A United Interfaith Community, hosted an event in honor of National Jewish Heritage Month, An Evening with Dr. Fred Leffert: History and Analysis of the Jewish in Greenville. The month of May was proclaimed Jewish Heritage Month by President Obama 7 years ago.

The evening started with Dr Peter Cohen representing Atlantic Institute and Rabbi Marc Wilson representing MeetingPoint and each explaining what their organizations do. Then the audience heard from Dr. Fred Leffert as he shared what it was like growing up Jewish in Greenville, what it was like going to school here in a predominantly Christian area and then growing up as a young adult. The room was then opened up to a lively question and answer session where everything from Antisemitism, the War, The Holocaust, Moving the locations of the Greenville Synagogue and Temple long ago and the Summer Camp a lot of the Jewish boys used to participate in.

All enjoyed the evening and both MeetingPoint and Atlantic Institute shared their upcoming events and thanked Dr Fred Leffert for sharing his experiences with us.

An Evening with Mack Lockhart

An Evening with Mack Lockhart

A wonderful group of participants gathered on the evening of February 24th to listen to Mack Lockhart talk about his life. Mack's family has been in the Greenville area since 1917. He was raised during the times of great change in our country and was able to share some of his stories with us so we are better able to understand what life was like during this crucial timeframe for our country. Thank you for sharing your family, time and stories with us Mack. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Afterwards everyone shared in refreshments prepared by the volunteers of the foundation.

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