Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam together constitute about 55 percent of all the world’s religions. They are called Abrahamic religions because all believe that God was revealed to the patriarch Abraham. The God of Abraham, a monotheistic conception who is both transcendent and personal, is common to all three traditions.
At this community forum, the Different Voices: Shared Visions panel is both pleased and honored to share the perspectives of their faiths in response to questions from the audience. The evening will begin with a short presentation about what the three religions share in common, historically and theologically. This will be followed by each panelist making a short presentation about himself and what he has learned from working together with the others. The conversation will then be opened for audience participation.
Daniel Bruch serves as the panel moderator. He has lived in Hudson since 1996 and is a retired Lutheran clergy and academic. He has served as a parish pastor, university chaplain, university and seminary professor, and administrator. He has lived and taught in Hungary and Indonesia. He is married to Elizabeth and they have four grown daughters and nine grandchildren.
Ozcan Kilic is a professor and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Prior to joining the CBE, he served as a professor at Istanbul University Turkey. His areas of expertise are strategic marketing, marketing research, B2B marketing, and relationship selling. He was born to Muslim parents in Turkey and grew up in Germany as the son of a Turkish Gastarbeiter (guest worker) family. He is married to Secil. They have two children, daughter Ece and son Utku. The Kilic family recently moved to Woodbury after living in River Falls for 12 years.
Dean Simpson has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for over 30 years, currently serving as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Before that, he served as pastor at Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts for almost 18 years. The Simpsons have three grown children and one grandchild. Pastor Simpson enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, as well as making music with his guitar and his wife, Linda.
Rob Wertheimer grew up in New York City, the only child of a German Jewish immigrant and Holocaust survivor. He has been living in Wisconsin since 1981 and a resident of Hudson since 1991, where he maintains his own law practice. He practices in the areas of criminal/traffic law, bankruptcy, real estate, and probate. He is married to Linda and has two children, Karl and Greta.
The Community Forum is FREE and open to the public. It will be held in the Black Box Theater at The Phipps in Hudson.
Different Voices: Shared Visions is a part of the regular programming of The River Channel (Comcast cable 6 and 15), Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television. It is also available on YouTube and other cable channels in Wisconsin. The community forum will be recorded for broadcast.