Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Conversations: The Pursuit of Harmony with Michael Hunter Ochs, Alaa Alshaham, Dr. Henrik Syse

by Tri-Faith Initiative Contact

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm


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The Pursuit of Harmony is the story of unlikely friendship, hope, and possibility.


In the spring of 2009, American songwriter, Michael Hunter Ochs, visited the Middle East for the first time. Michael happens to be Jewish. On his very first night in Ramallah he met Alaa Alshaham, an award-winning peace activist and poet. Alaa happens to be a Palestinian Muslim. 

Although the two found harmony in their music and an increasing openness in their dialogue, they quickly realized that their historically divided people don’t know each other at all. They’ve been dedicated to changing this status quo ever since. 


Join Tri-Faith Executive Director Wendy Goldberg for this Open Conversation with The Pursuit of Harmony’s Co-Founders, Michael Hunter Ochs and Alaa Alshaham, along with Dr. Henrik Syse, Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo, Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who serves on The Pursuit of Harmony’s Advisory Committee.


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About the organization

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope. It brings together into permanent residency a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland. By its very model it challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in civil life in a religiously pluralistic society. The Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create a more inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative. The Tri-Faith Initiative is made up of three Abrahamic faith groups who have chosen to be in relationship together as neighbors on one campus, committed to practicing respect, acceptance and trust. Our three members are of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths: Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church (UCC), and The American Muslim Institute.

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