Interfaith Panel
September 14, 2016

At this meeting, we remember and honor the recent passing of former LA5 president Bill Plunkett. He passed away on August 9th at the age of 87. He is remembered in the LA5 community through the longevity of some of the initiatives he implemented, such as D.A.R.E. and the Distinguished Citizen Program. Bill is survived by his wife Harriet, his daughter, Patricia, his son William, his grandson William, and his dog Sandy. Memorial donations can be made to honor Bill Plunkett at Pasadena Children’s hospital. 
Introductory thoughts to the Interfaith Panel:

“I love mankind. Its people I can’t stand!  
I love God. Its religion I cannot stand!”

The USC Caruso Catholic Center is hosting an interfaith program throughout the semester called “Race, Faith, and Violence”. The Caruso Center’s first installment of this series is this Thursday, September 8th, where Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to be in attendance. 

With the LA5 theme of Homelessness in LA, the panels of speakers raised questions and sought to provide answers about we can collectively ameliorate the effects of homelessness on our communities. Through a panel representing the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths, the club was reminded that the first homeless person in the world was not a person at all but rather a couple—Adam and Eve. The panel also reminded us that even though some of our current situations may be more fortunate than others, we must be cognizant that each and everyone one of us has been created equal by God. 

Efforts in mitigating the effects of homelessness in Los Angeles have been exemplified by a local Muslim mosque that holds an annual humanitarian day. This African-American Muslim organization seeks to help feed, clothe, and shelter the disproportionate amount of homeless minorities currently living on Skid Row. Despite the differences between religions, a coalition of faiths is needed to combat the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. One can learn from a Jew, a Christian, and Muslim, and even a Pagan. 

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