MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio Banquet features former NAIN keynote speaker

from Judy Lee Trautman

The 15th Annual MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio Banquet: “Reclaiming Our Humanity”, echoing the theme of the Parliament, will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the region’s newest mosque, the Ahlul Bayt Center of Toledo.

The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Buttry, who gave the keynote at the Opening Plenary of the Metropolitan Detroit NAINConnect 2014.

Rev. ButtryRev. Buttry is the Global Consultant for Peace and Justice with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches. He helps Christians around the world as well as people of other faiths to be more effective peacemakers, including in inter-religious conflicts.  He has conducted conflict transformation trainings in many countries, and in a few situations has been part of mediation teams between armed groups.  He has written a number of books, including Interfaith Heroes, and Interfaith Heroes 2, Blessed Are the Peacemakers, Peace Warrior: A Memoir from the Front, and his latest, We Are the Socks.  Dan is one of the founding members of the InterFaith Leadership Council, as well as its predecessor organization, Interfaith Partners.  His wife Sharon Buttry is an urban minister with International Hope Center in Hamtramck where they live and part-time Global Consultant for Community Transformation with International Ministries.  She has been active in WISDOM, the Detroit area women’s interfaith network.  They were co-founding members of Hamtramck’s interfaith group, The Common Word Alliance.  Dan and Sharon have 3 adult children.

Celina StevensThe Banquet will also feature a youth service project, facilitated by an extraordinary youth service leader, Celina Stevens.  Having experienced more challenges than most in her early life and being homeless as a teen, Celina has found a home with her aunt in Toledo and mentors from Perrysburg High School, where she is a Junior, and Ken Leslie, founder of Tent City.  Celina was the Mayor of Tent City in 2015.  She spends much of her spare time volunteering to both help and inspire the homeless.  She will be sharing some of her story and organizing a hands-on project to make kits of socks, toiletries, and bus tokens for the residents at Family House.

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