4th annual BG Community Interfaith Breakfast set

Lynda Dixon speaks on faith as a member of the Cherokee Nation at last year's interfaith breakfast.

(Submitted by Rev. Gary Saunders, Interfaith Breakfast Planning Committee and Not In Our Town Bowling Green)

The Fourth Annual Community Interfaith Breakfast, sponsored by Not In Our Town Bowling Green and the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission, will be held Tuesday, April 3. The site will be the Junior Fair Building, located at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road. The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Peace Through Religious Diversity.”

The month of April will be the fifth anniversary of Not in our Town (NIOT) BG, which was launched on April 17, 2013, and the 2018 breakfast will be an anchor event of the celebration.

“The program will reflect the wide-spread support for religious diversity in Bowling Green,” says the Rev. Lynn Kerr, who serves as this year’s chair. Welcoming remarks will come from Dr. Rodney Rogers, the new president of Bowling Green State University, as well as Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards and Bowling Green City Schools Superintendent Francis Scruci.

Spiritual contributions will come from the faith streams of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. In light of the NIOT anniversary, the committee will offer a nationally known keynote speaker, Dr. Michael S. Brown. Dr. Brown is president of the Campus Multifaith Alliance at BGSU, campus consultant, life coach and mentor, and has kindly donated his time and expertise.

The breakfast meal will again be generously donated by South Side 6, and will be available starting at 7:15 a.m. The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 9 a.m. The breakfast will also feature art on the theme of “peace” from Bowling Green High School students, as well as music from the BG Madrigals.

The Interfaith Breakfast is free of charge, but reservations are required and there will be an opportunity for donations on behalf of Not In Our Town Bowling Green for future programming. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Monday, March 26, to the First United Methodist Church by calling (419) 353-0682 or emailing church.office@fumcbg.org. Bus transportation from the BGSU campus will be available from parking lot 7A near the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Those interested in sponsoring or volunteering, or who have any questions about the event, please contact Rev. Kerr at (419) 343-2292.