The Memphis Interfaith project started in 2007 as a dinner with the intention of bringing people of all faiths together to break bread. It has since continued in the Islamic month of Ramadan sponsored by the Muslim Society of Memphis. However, it has been a true representation of the interfaith community in the Memphis area.
8th Annual Memphis Interfaith Dinner In Memphis, specifically, why are there so many hungry people? Is it money? Logisitcs? Access? – Where is the biggest need from this room? Money or time? Memphis has a high poverty rate, due to
Imam Sharif, Marcia Wells’ responses from the Food Bank’s perspective are excellent and cover the overall hunger issues very well. So I will answer the questions from the perspective of senior hunger, which is what MIFA deals with
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“All of FBI Memphis and I extend our best wishes to Muslims throughout the tri-state area at the beginning of the spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection during the holy month of Ramadan.Here in the Memphis area, we are blessed with communities as diverse as our nation itself. Diversity is one of the FBI’s core values, and the cultural diversity of the FBI and our community is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride.Ramadan is a time of community, as Muslims fast during daylight hours and families invite neighbors and friends to share their evening meal – iftar. I am thankful for, and look forward to the opportunity to join many in our community for iftar dinner.”
Rev Dr. Stacey Spencer, D.D.
Dr. Stacy L. Spencer is the Senior Pastor of New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, a multi-site congregation with church plants in Holly Springs, MS, and Idutwya, South Africa.
The Olmstead, KY, native is a dynamic speaker, visionary and author. His energetic and culturally relevant messages address the spiritual growth of the individual and issues in society. He has a passion to teach Kingdom living – to equip people with biblical guidelines and practical resources that can transform their lives and the world. Dr. Spencer’s Kingdom mindset led to the development of Eden Square Town Center, a multi-million dollar community model intended to reinvigorate an impoverished area of Memphis that is economically stunted and considered a
food desert. The mixed-use development project includes a middle school, performing arts center, wellness center, retail spaces and housing.
Dr. Spencer wrote “U-Turn: A 12 Step Guide to Spiritual Transformation” to help people experience a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with Jesus. He also wrote “Naked and Unashamed: The Journey to Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage” after the success of 40 Nights of Great Sex, a bible study and marriage seminar he facilitated with his wife, Rhonda.
Dr. Spencer is chairman of the board of directors for Power Center Community
Development Corporation. The independent non-profit launched Power Center Academy, a charter school that celebrated the May 2015 high school graduation of its inaugural class of 6th graders. He earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Drew University, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors in Broadcast Communication from Western Kentucky University.
He and Rhonda are the proud parents of four sons, Calvin, Omari, Jordan and Jaden.
Rabbi Micah Greenstein, D.D.
Rabbi Micah Greenstein has served Temple Israel of Memphis for 26 years, 16 as its Senior Rabbi. Named among the city’s most significant leaders, Rabbi Greenstein was recognized as the first “Memphian of the Year” by Memphis Magazine in 2013. In 2012 and again in 2013, he was named as one of “America’s Top 50 Rabbis” by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Rabbi Greenstein has received several esteemed awards, including the Memphis City Council’s “Humanitarian Award” in 2011; the Memphis Theological Seminary’s “President’s Humanitarian Award” in 2012; and the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Be The Dream’ Legacy Award” in 2016.
Rabbi Greenstein served as a two-time President of the Memphis Ministers Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Civil Rights Museum. He continues to serve on the Museum’s Board of Directors. He is past-President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, covering six states and served on the National Board of the NAACP. In 2005, Rabbi Greenstein became the first rabbi to preach in the Washington National Cathedral on a Major State Day, Tennessee Day. He is a supporter, visitor, and speaker at the Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia, which has empowered a new generation of women leaders for the developing world and offers hope for the impoverished and most promising female youth in Memphis.
A Cornell University National Scholar and Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rabbi Greenstein earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1984 and Masters in Public Administration in 1986. Following a year of study in Israel, he completed his Masters in Hebrew Letters at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1989 and was ordained rabbi in 1991 at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Rabbi Greenstein also received his Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR in 2016. Rabbi Greenstein and his wife, Sheril, have three children.
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi, B.Sc., B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Sheikh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, TX and graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. He worked at Dow Chemical, where he wrote a code simulating complex polymer reactions in the laboratory – and it was here that he realized that life, for him at least, involved more than solving complex nth-degree quadratic equations. He then pursued a religious education, leaving for a ten-year stint at the Islamic University of Madinah, in Saudi Arabia. He received a diploma in Arabic, a B.A and M.A. at the Islamic University of Madinah. After returning to the U.S., he graduated with a M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Also, he has authored a number of books on Islamic sciences and is a co-founder of MuslimMatters.org. Dr. Qadhi currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute, an instructor at Rhodes College, and Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center. He resides in Memphis with his wife and four children.