10.30.17 | International, Middle East
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, White Memorial hosted our friends from the Turkish Divan Center for a pot luck luncheon. Our friends from the Divan Center brought a sheet of baklava, and each member from White Memorial prepared a dish to share, respecting dietary requirements. We have enjoyed many good times and good food at the Divan Center so today it was a special treat for us to do the same.
The Turkish Divan Center was founded in 2005 by the Turkish-American Community of North Carolina in an effort to “enable people of diverse cultures to create a foundation of understanding which nurtures friendship, respect and charity.”
The Middle East Peace with Justice Committee at White Memorial works locally to build interfaith relationships with the Jewish and Muslim community. We plan activities with each of these faiths throughout the year. We are especially involved with the Turkish Divan Center in Cary and have had an ongoing relationship since the tragedy of 9/11. We’ve learned we have much in common, to respect our differences and to value what we share.
White Memorial and the Divan Center have worked to broaden their understanding of each other by partnering in various events which include attending an Advent Service at White Memorial, discussion dinners, a picnic in Fletcher Park, Ramadan breakfast meals, many book discussions, speaker presentations, cooking classes and women’s day activities. All of these activities, including our October pot luck luncheon, give us the opportunity to deepen our friendships and learn more about our community.