Saturday, January 31, 2009

Intereligious Dialogue in New Jersey

Let's look at the combination of people involved in this "intereligious dialogue" (Or "Interfaith Dialogue"). You have the media, The Roman catholic church, the FBI, the Child "Protection" Agency of NJ, The Governor of NJ and much more.

Interfaith Dialog Center awards NJ notables

Master of Ceremonies

Kent Manahan, Senior Anchor, NJN News


Community Service Awards

Governor Jon S. Corzine

The IDC recognizes the Hon. Corzine for his efforts to restore the state's fiscal viability and to improve the economy in this recessionary time, as well as his contributions to tolerance and dialogue in NJ. Governor Corzine was introduced by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, District 37.

Mr. Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Newark Division

The IDC recognizes Special Agent Dun for his continued fight for a safer New Jersey and building bridges between law enforcement and the Muslim community in New Jersey. Mr. Dun was introduced by Mr. Thomas E. Durkin, Jr., Durkin & Durkin, LLP. (Jesuit Schooled, Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great)

Peace and Tolerance Awards

Bishop Arthur Serratelli, RC Diocese of Paterson

The IDC recognizes Bishop Serratelli for his valuable contributions to Christian-Muslim dialogue in Northern New Jersey. Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General, introduced the Bishop.

Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director, Center for Interreligious Understanding

The IDC recognizes Rabbi Bemporad for his efforts to improve Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue in our local community and worldwide. Prof. Robert M. Seltzer, Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York presented Rabbi Bemporad.

Media Award

Ms. Elizabeth Christopherson, Executive Director, NJN

The IDC recognizes Ms. Christopherson for her vision and commitment to improve New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and Radio as a family oriented network that respects and encourages diversity. She was presented by Dr. Clement Price, Director of Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University introduced Ms. Christopherson.

Education Award

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

PSEG is recognized by the Interfaith Dialog Center for its strong commitment to educational development in the community, thereby contributing to the success of New Jersey's future. PSEG was introduced by Dr. Mesut Sahin, NJIT.

IDC Special Recognition Award

Dr. Maxine Beach, Vice President and Dean of School of Theology, Drew University

Dr. Beach is recognized for her exceptional contributions to interfaith dialogue activities and collaboration with the Turkish community. Dr. Laurel Kearns presented Dr. Beach.

Date: Sunday June 8, 2008

Time: 6:00 pm.


Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands

650 Terrace Avenue

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Media Sponsor


We thank them for buying a table (10 seats).

- Istikbal Furniture, Clifton

- Center for Interreligious Understanding

- Ebru TV

- RC Diocese of Paterson

We thank them for their contributions.

- Ms. Anne Evans Estabrook (Elberon Development Co.)

- Mr. Bob Almberg

- Rev. Jane T. Brady

I just found that this Thomas E. Durkin Jr. (the one who presented the award to the Newark FBI SAC) is a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and graduated from [Jesuit] Fordham

Fordham University School of Law ( J.D., 1952)

Fordham University ( B.A., 1949)

So you have a Bishop, an FBI boss and a Jesuit Schooled Knight having a nice chat.

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, (ctr) Diocese of Paterson, was awarded the Peace & Tolerance Award while Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of FBI Newark office, was given a Community Service Award at the awards dinner. They are with Thomas Durkin, Jr. an attorney who introduced Dun.

Honoree Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of FBI Newark office speaks with Brian Reich, deputy chief, Bergen County Justice Center, Hackensack. Behind them are Marge Caldwell, New Jersey Dept. of Children & Families (DYFS), Trenton and Patrick Brannigan, ex. dir. New Jersey Catholic Conference.


Leon Basin said...

You have a very interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

Terry in NJ said...

FYI: PSEG stands for Public Service Electric (and) Gas Corp. see I am retired from PSEG.