A View from Both Sides

A View from Both Sides

by the Very Rev. Ray Hess, Dean, Capital Deanery; Priest-in-Charge, St. George's, Carmichael

On Thursday October 30, 2014, at Congregation B'nai Israel, Sacramento, the first conference for area clergy, judges and other members of the county court system was held. About 50 people attended, and ten were Episcopalians! The Rev. Rodney Davis, Associate for Spiritual Formation at St. Michael's in Carmichael, was on the steering committee for the event and was one of the speakers. As a former judge and now Episcopal priest, the Rev. Davis spoke about his "View From Both Sides."

We heard speakers talk about the value of having many faiths in our nation, about the scientific study of freedom of choice and about the role of clergy for aging members. We also had several opportunities for small group discussions with people from both religious and court backgrounds.

The event was held at the beautiful building of Congregation B'nai Israel in the Land Park area of Sacramento. The organizers hope that this was the first of many annual conferences for clergy and court officials. Thanks to the Rev. Rod Davis and all who put this event together!

Pictured at here (from left to right are) are Imam Mohamed Abdul–Azeez, Director of Religious & Social Services at the Salam Center; Father Gerry Robinson, Chaplain at Cristo Ray High School and Rabbi Mona Alfi, Senior Rabbi at Congregation B'nai Israel, jointly giving the invocation.


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