Stillwater News Press


October 27, 2010

Leaders discuss faith during annual dinner

STILLWATER, Okla. — Sen. James Halligan encouraged community faith leaders to talk about their faith with others during the eighth annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner.

“We have to talk to each other or else we can have a calamity in this world,” the Stillwater Republican said. He served as the keynote speaker for the dinner Tuesday. The dinner also recognized two award recipients, Stillwater Police Chief Norman McNickle for public service and the Rev. Derrek Belase for community service.

Oklahoma State University Vice President Gary Clark welcomed guests to the dinner.

“We have so much more in common than we do in differences,” Clark said.

Asil Oztekin, president of the OSU Interfaith Dialog Student Association, also gave a welcoming address.

“We believe that the enemy of peace and harmony is not difference,” Oztekin said. “The enemy is the lack of knowledge about one another and lack of understanding these differences.”

Oztekin emphasized the importance of the event, and the importance of discussing faith with others.

“By coming together here, at one table, we can prove that this is a situation of great richness, with remarkable opportunities for mutual respect and understanding and for creating a society rooted in common values,” Oztekin said. “We can demonstrate to the society the idea that people can live together regardless of group, faith or ideology.”

The Institute of Interfaith Dialog recognized two community leaders for their contributions. The organization presented McNickle with the Public Service Award. Award presenters said that McNickle is a community leader who is involved in many different organizations and that he leads with integrity and compassion.

“I enjoy the discussions that we have here every year,” McNickle said about the event.

Belase, Highland Park United Methodist Church pastor, received the Community Service Award.

“I’m not committed to the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, but I’m committed to my faith and my faith leads me to dialog with those of other faiths,” he said. “Whatever faith we come from, it leads us to dialog. Each of us should be committed to our faith.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Must Read