Join The Worthington Interfaith Network (WIN) for the third Tuesday of the month series, Sharing Our Stories. These fascinating programs are free and open to the entire community.
Our first speakers were a professional couple, doctors at Ohio State University who emigrated to this country from Turkey. We had the opportunity to meet their young children and to learn about their practice of the Muslim faith as well as their journey to Columbus. In July, we met a Holocaust survivor, Sofia Karpovich, and her husband, Edgar. Their lives have been shaped by their faith and it was humbling to see how much they believe in the good of humanity even while they devote their lives to sharing their horrific experiences in the hope that “they will never happen again.” Tarunjit Batalia will share his faith journey on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 pm in the community room at the Northwest Library on Hard Road. A member of the faculty of Civil, Environmental and Geodesic Engineering, at Ohio State, he practices the Sikh religion which emphasizes the sanctity of all living creatures. In 2004, Dr. Batalia was the first non-Christian to be honored with the Living Faith Award by the Spirituality Network. He is a gifted speaker and is devoted to promoting inter-faith peace.
A former Secretary General of the World Sikh Council-American Region, he co-edited Religions in Ohio:Profiles of Faith Communities published in 2004 by Ohio University Press. Mark your calendar also for October 18, when the speaker will be a refugee who has been assisted in settling in Columbus by the non profit organization, US Together.
WIN is a multi-faith organization providing opportunities for neighbors of diverse cultural and faith traditions to engage in activities promoting mutual understanding and respect. The YMCA of Central Ohio is a member of WIN.