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Interfaith Amigos Present Dialogue on Religious Challenges as Fall Public Events Continue at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

“How Religion Goes Astray,” a probing, but humorous talk that promotes understanding and acceptance of different religious faiths will be brought to Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre by the Interfaith Amigos on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. A book signing with the speakers follows their presentation.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and can be reserved by calling (518) 629-8071 or can be purchased at the door. The first 30 attendees at the door will receive a copy of one of the group’s books, “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith” and “Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith.”

The dialogue between the amigos, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman, is a blend of their collective spiritual wisdom and their special brand of humor with the aim of achieving collaboration on major social and economic issues of our times. They don’t shy away from the typical taboos associated with interfaith discussion. From their home base in Seattle, Washington, the three travel throughout the US and to many foreign countries with their message.

“The Interfaith Amigos wonderfully embody the mission of the Campus Ministry at Hudson Valley, which is to promote ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, by their dedication to peaceful dialogue and understanding among religious traditions,” says Campus Chaplain Cylon George.

Jointly sponsored by the college’s Office of Cultural AffairsCampus Ministry and Dwight Marvin Library, this event continues a dialogue initiated by a National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures grant made to the library in 2013. Titled, Muslim Journeys, that program made available a collection of books and films selected by national experts on Muslim life, culture and religion and hosted several talks that explored interfaith issues.

For more information about the Interfaith Amigos, go to Information about other public programs at the college can be found at or

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.