|SPEAKERS:Catherine A. Cory, Chair of History Department, University of St Thomas
Makram Nu’man El-Amin, Imam of Masjid An-Nur
Steve Lear, Community Speaker, Jewish Community Relations Council
Sandra L. Pappas, State Senator, District 65
A crowd of nearly two hundred people gathered at the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota to hear speeches, eat a traditional Turkish meal, talk and learn. The event was sponsored by the interfaith Niagara Foundation‘s Minnesota branch, the Turkish American Society of Minnesota (TASMN) and the U of M student-run Bosphorus Dialogue Association.
According to a show of hands, about a third of those attending were Muslim. For the other two-thirds, it was a chance to learn about Ramadan traditions. Speakers from all three religions offered reflections on the spiritual theme of fasting.