In October 2019, Prince of Peace Catholic Parish in Hoover, Alabama offered an interfaith panel discussion on the shared Abrahamic heritage of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. This is an audio recording of the event. The panelists were asked to address the importance of interfaith understanding, respect, and cooperation.
Opening and closing the program was Prince of Peace Pastor Father John Fallon.
The moderator was Edel Flannelly. The event was organized by Dr. Dale Wisely, Director of Family Life and Megan Everett, Director of Formation.
Rabbi Jonathan Miller provided leadership for Temple Emanu-El from 1991 until his retirement in 2017. During his time in Birmingham, Rabbi Miller was not only a strong advocate for Birmingham’s Jewish community, but a leader in interfaith conversation and an advocate for justice in many arenas. Rabbi Miller is now happily retired and living in Washington DC near his children and their families.
Imam Doctor Sameh Asal is the religious and spiritual leader of the Birmingham Islamic Society. Before moving to Birmingham, he served as the Imam of the Islamic Association of West Virginia and the Islamic Assocation of Raleigh, NC. He obtained his BA, MA, and Ph.D. with first class honors in Islamic Studies in English from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Imam is married to Amira and they have four children. Dr. Asal has been active in interfaith activities since moving to Birmingham in 2016.
We welcome Reverend Susan Clayton to our panel and to Prince of Peace. Reverend Clayton joined the staff of Independent Presbyterian Church in 2001 as Associate Pastor for Community Ministries. She is a native of Birmingham and received her BA degree from Emory, and her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1988. She was ordained in 1988 and since her ordination has served as a hospital chaplain, a pastoral counselor, and as pastor or associate pastor in three churches in the Birmingham area.
Fr. Joy Nellissery has been associate pastor at Prince of Peace since July 2018. He has served the Diocese of Birmingham at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St Peter the Apostle in Hoover, St. John the Baptist in Madison, and Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Huntsville. Father Joy was ordained in 1988. He holds a Master of Social Work from Loyola College, Madras, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia. Here at Prince of Peace, Father is in high demand as a teacher, and is particularly appreciated for his knowledge of the Jewish background of our scriptures and our liturgy.