Community Events

– Special Event/Lecture – October 29, 2016:

– Reflections on the Prophet Abraham:
An Interfaith Perspective !

Special Event/Lecture:

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7 P.M.
Winnetka Congregational Church
All are warmly welcome

What are Biblical values?  What does the Bible really say about how to live our lives?  What does the Bible say about justice and welcome… and for whom?  For people of faith, these are pressing questions.  They are all the more pressing in light of current events and the many conflicting claims about how the Bible speaks to these questions.
A salient and incisive voice on this topic is Dr. John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School.  A renowned scholar, prolific writer, and beloved teacher, Dr. Collins will speak at Winnetka Congregational Church on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7 P.M.  After his remarks, Dr. Collins will welcome questions from the audience.
The event at 7 P.M. on Saturday, October 29 is free and open to the public, and all are warmly encouraged to attend both Dr. Collins’ lecture and the reception to follow.  No reservations are required, and we encourage people to bring friends.
According to Dr. Collins, “Biblical values are more complex than they are often made out to be.  But there are some clear principles nonetheless. They are not the issues that have been lifted up most frequently either by church people or by politicians in recent years. Biblical values are primarily concerned with how we treat our fellow human beings.”
A native of Ireland, Dr. Collins brings a unique, engaging blend of world-class academic insight, wisdom, and wit(!) to his lectures.  His ability to distill intricate concepts and to speak across scripture’s deeply detailed sweep consistently impresses both audiences and students, alike, and ensures that his remarks are as accessible and relevant as they are challenging.
At a time when scripture can often feel muddled both by world events and by the myriad voices declaring what the Bible means, to host someone of Dr. Collins’ caliber is a gift―and a treat!  John Collins is one of those singular individuals who can speak to intricate, often charged Biblical questions in a way that clarifies rather than confuses, and in a way that sparks rather than snubs conversation.  What’s more, he has a sense of humor that rivals his deep heart and his encyclopedic mind!
Dr. John J. Collins holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College Dublin, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an honorary Doctorate of Literature from University College Dublin, and an honorary Doctorate of Theology from the University of Zurich.  Prior to Yale Divinity School, Dr. Collins was Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until 2000. Before that, he taught at The University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Dr. Collins is widely published through his own books, biblical commentaries, and an array of leading scholarly journals.  He is co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism, The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, and The Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has personally participated in the editing of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Dr. Collins is also general editor of the Yale Anchor Bible series.  He has served as editor of the Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series, Dead Sea Discoveries, and Journal of Biblical Literature, and as president of both the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Reflections on the Prophet Abraham:
An Interfaith Perspective !

Thursday, September 8th 7:30-9pm
At the Muslim Education Center
8601 N. Menard, Morton Grove IL 60053

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Reflections on the Prophet Abraham: An Interfaith Perspective

The MCC Interfaith and Outreach Committee is pleased to have a Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Baha’i storytellers share their stories on Abraham and how these stories connect to their daily lives. After the presentations, attendees will participate in table discussions where they can share their personal connections to these stories.

Contact: Questions call 847237022849
RSVP by Sept 5th at
Event is Free of Charge