Faith. Love. Forgiveness.
A conversation on the Power of Redemptive Love
Faith. Love. Forgiveness. is a conversation featuring 6 panelists representing a variety of faiths on the power of "redemptive love”.
With their new musical Born For This, Grammy-winner BeBe Winans and his creative team draw our focus to faith, love and forgiveness. "Love,” says Mr. Winans, "is unconditional. Love redeems all." We are living in a time that challenges the notion of redemption from many directions. How do we find redemptive love in ourselves? How do we offer it to others? BeBe Winans and this interfaith panel offer us an opportunity to as Bishop Michael Curry stated "stop and imagine" how love can change this world.
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Emmett G. Price III (Moderator)
Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation’s leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience. He has spent much of the past few decades writing, lecturing and conducting cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. In 2011 the Boston Business Journal recognized him as an “Emerging Leader” and in 2013 honored him as one of 40 influential business and civic leaders in Boston under the age of 40.
An ordained minister, Dr. Price serves as Founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship (Allston, MA). A nationally recognized expert on church music, liturgical arts and ethnodoxology, he is also the president and founder of the Black Church Music Ministry Project (BCMMP). Since 2011, he has served as the Director of the James Abbington Church Music Academy as part of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference & Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild.
The inspirational R&B and gospel vocalist, songwriter and producer, was born into the legendary Winans family, the first family of gospel music. Over his distinguished career, he has amassed six GRAMMY® Awards (three solo which includes Producer for Record of the Year for The Bodyguard soundtrack, and three with his sister CeCe), ten Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, four NAACP Award and three Soul Train Music Awards. BeBe is a multi-faceted artist with film, TV and Broadway credits and can be heard every Sunday on The BeBe Experienceon Sirius XM’s Heart & Soul channel. His seven solo albums feature guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and members of the Winans family. Teaming with his younger sister Priscilla “CeCe,” the duo first began crossing lines as “adopted children” of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker on the television show Praise the Lord, and together they have nine successful gold and platinum recordings.
Rabbi Tobi Spitzer
Rabbi Toba Spitzer has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, MA since graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1997. Rabbi Spitzer has long been active in peace and justice work both in the U.S. and in Israel/Palestine. She currently serves as the Treasurer of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and as President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Spitzer is a popular teacher of courses on Judaism and economic justice, Reconstructionist Judaism, new approaches to thinking about God, and the practice of integrating Jewish spiritual and ethical teachings into daily life. She served as the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association from 2007-2009, and was the first lesbian or gay rabbi to head a national rabbinic organization. Rabbi Spitzer has received the honor of being included in Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis in America 2008 list as well as the 2010 Forward list of 50 Female Rabbis Who Are Making A Difference. She has a life goal of bowling in all 50 states (32 down so far!).
Rev. Terri Swan
Rev. Terri Swan serves as Senior Pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in St. Louis, MO. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A & M University—Commerce and her Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After serving for 10 years as an Associate Pastor at Stonebridge UMC in McKinney, TX, Rev. Swan moved in 2008 to become Associate Pastor at Salem in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was later ordained as an elder by the North Texas Conference in 2009, and, in 2010, she was appointed as Senior Pastor at Salem. She is an active community leader who partners with several faith-based social service agencies in St Louis and supports the work of many national and international humanitarian causes. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for 36 years, and together they have 2 daughters, and 4 grandchildren.
June is the Executive Director of City Mission which is the second oldest nonprofit organization in the country. City Mission (formerly City Mission Society) was formed in 1816 to carry out social justice in Boston. She has over thirty years of management experience in health and human services and community organizing. She is an ordained American Baptist minister and she has standing in the United Church of Christ. June is also the Theologian in the City at Old South Church in Boston, MA. In this role June is engaging the congregation in the life of the city.
Hajja Ashaki Taha-Cisse
Hajja Ashaki Taha-Cisse is a Muslim educator and activist, and an elder and authorized teacher in a 300 year old Sufi order. For almost 30 years she served as the pro bono Executive Director of the African American Islamic Institute (AAII), an international humanitarian NGO whose humanitarian programs are based on the teachings of Islam, and as AAII’s Main Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. A retired women’s health advocate, she developed and directed programs for women with HIV/AIDS and alcohol and other drug addictions, and worked to make primary and reproductive health care accessible to women in West Africa and the Caribbean.
Hajja Ashaki has been a featured speaker at the Sacred Path of Love Retreat in Singapore, the African Caribbean Islamic Institute in Trinidad, the African American Islamic Institute in the Gambia, and addressed the International Forum of the Followers of the Tijani Order in Fes, Morocco. A member of the Massachusetts Islamic Speakers Bureau, her presentations about Islam and Muslims at churches, synagogues and community organizations are designed to nurture interreligious respect and understanding and deconstruct Islamophobia.
Educated in both traditional and Western academic settings, Hajja Ashaki is a student of Islamic Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence, Prophetic Traditions, Biography of Prophet Muhammad and Purification of the Heart. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian- Muslim Relations from the Hartford Seminary. She continues to study with Azhari scholar Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, the Senior Imam at the Islamic Society of Boston Cutlural Center in Roxbury, where she is a respected elder and serves as a Community Educator and Interfaith Facilitator. Hajja Ashaki has one daughter and two sons, four grandsons, one granddaughter, one great grandson and a feline family of three.