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updated April 15, 2019

Hello from the Wilson Center! We hope you’re all doing well. We’re sending out this invitation to the rescheduled interfaith Luncheon. As the previous one was canceled due to the weather we now have a new, set date. To those who have already reached out and RSVP’d to the prior one please, do not worry as we still have your name down for this one. A seat is reserved for you and whoever you may have mentioned within the RSVP. Details are below as well as in the attached PDF file. We hope to see you there on Monday, April 29.

The Wilson Center and the Judaic Studies Program,

with a grant from the Jewish Community Endowment Associates, cordially invite you to an



Interfaith Luncheon


Monday, April 29, 11:30-1:00


Creation Stories from Around the World


                                                       at the

Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration

and Multifaith Dialogue

67 College Avenue, Orono, 866-4227

As we look toward spring and Earth Day, hear stories about the origins of life and the relationship between humans and the rest of Nature. Panelists include:

  • Tameem Alsamsam, Islamic Center of Maine
  • Rabbi Darah Lerner, Congregation Beth El
  • Weeza Mathias, Temple of the Feminine Divine
  • Rev. Chad Poland, All Souls Congregational Church
  • Dr. Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs, UMaine

Vegetarian lunch provided; seating is limited to 45 people. Please RSVP by April 25 to reserve a space, The Wilson Center makes every effort to be sensitive to food considerations; please alert us when you RSVP. 

The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue

Serving The University of Maine

67 College Avenue

Orono, ME 04473

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Dear Wilson Center community,
As Jews and Christians anticipate holy days coming up next week, here are some invitations and information for this weekend and more, at the Wilson Center and beyond.
For information on Passover Seders on the 19th and 20th, contact Congregation Beth El (Reform synagogue) at 945-4578 orCongregation Beth Israel (Conservative synagogue) at 945-3433 ASAP. Deadlines for reservations were/are yesterday and today!
Saturday, April 13, 5-6:30 pm: Maine Poor People’s Campaign Truth/Poverty Tour Public Gathering, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer. Join the Rev. Liz Theoharis (National Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival) and the Maine Poor People’s Campaign at Food AND Medicine as we hear directly from people impacted by federal and state policy violence. Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign policy demands that fight systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative.
Sunday, April 14, 2-5 pm: Sweets and Savories of Our Traditions at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor. Sale of ethnic pastry dishes as a fundraiser, organized by the Islamic Center of Maine, Congregation Beth El, and Congregation Beth Israel. The purpose of the event is to raise money to buy toiletry kits for homeless women and men at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and homeless teens at the Shaw House.


Monday at the Wilson Center: Meditation circle meets 3:45-4:45 pm (the group WILL meet next week on Patriots Day). Anyone is invited to join in this opportunity, as well as morning meditation every Thursday morning at 6:30 am.

As you ponder Passover and Easter, here is some food for thought from Convergence on Campus: And if you are looking for a local Christian community where you can attend worship for Holy Week or Easter, feel free to email Rebecca or the Wilson Center ( next week. We can help you connect! 

Monday, April 29, Interfaith Luncheon: “Creation Stories” rescheduled from April 8. Flier attached with more information and the panelists confirmed so far. 

Please join us Wednesdays, 6-8 pm at the Wilson  Center. We have great programs planned for the remaining Wednesday dinners of the semester!
April 17: Spirituality and Climate Change. Here’s our starting point: “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change….I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.” (Gus Speth, Natural Resources Defense Council co-founder) 
April 24: Why Tolerance is Not Enough: A Jewish Philosophical Approach to Others. A discussion with Professor Doug Allen. This program will have a focus on Jewish experiences of anti-Semitism and a Jewish approach to others, but it will apply equally to Christians, Muslims, secularists, and others concerned about intolerance today.
May 1: Barbecue + Blessings on Maine Day! (Vegetarian as always, with vegan and gluten-free options.) In our final program of the semester, we will celebrate graduates and have a blessing and send-off for the UMaine delegation to the Interfaith Leadership Institute this summer in Chicago.

 Mark your calendars for this event coming in September 2019



A Multifaith Program in Word and Song

with Reverend Betty Stookey and Noel Paul Stookey

September 14th 2019 at 7 pm

The Church of Universal Fellowship

Orono, Maine

Rev. Rebecca Schlatter Liberty, Director

The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue

Serving The University of Maine

67 College Avenue

Orono, ME 04473



by Paula Baines