Interfaith panel to meet Sept. 26

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

In light of recent attacks at home and abroad, and the political rhetoric that has followed, the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches and the Yates Progressives are sponsoring an Interfaith Dialogue at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Yates County Building auditorium. The panel will include people from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.

Organizer Vaughn Baker of the Yates Progressives says, “We want to provide a forum in Penn Yan to counter much of the negativity that is being aimed at the Muslim community. I knew that in Rochester there was an interfaith council that worked together. The council is composed of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs.” Baker contacted Prof. Muhammad Shafiq, Interfaith Studies chair at Nazareth College, who happily put him in touch with the right participants.

The gathered panel will be:

• Tricia Pethic, Muslim Chaplain for the N.Y.S. Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervisors

• Rev. Gordon Webster, Chaplain of the Rochester Presbyterian Home

• Nathan (Neil) Jaschik, Jewish Interfaith Relations

Coordinated by Rev. Paul Malles, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Penn Yan, the panel will be joined by co-chairs of the council of churches, Anne Meyer Wilbur and Rev. Jeff Childs, and Phoebe and Vaughn Baker of the Yates Progressives.

Both groups encourage the public to attend the free event. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with the panel.