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The 2nd Community Program 2014: Sharing Religious Faith Freely and Fearlessly

The 2nd Monday Series, a program created in 2009 to offer 10 annual interfaith lectures, is now being shaped as a multi-faith community. 


  • New Name: The 2nd Community
  • The vision:  create a multi-faith community for sharing faith stories “freely and fearlessly”
  •  Ultimate purpose:  respectful understanding of the beliefs and practices of others and, in so doing, to enrich one’s own faith perspective.

Monday, June 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Northaven UMC Atrium/Sanctuary

Panel: Sridhar Kara, Drew Alyeshmerni, Ali Mahmoud

Moderator: Ron Powell

Why I am Not a "None"



A panel of presenters representing three different religious perspectives will discuss why they are not a part of the growing percentage of the younger generation that respond “none of the above” in survey questions about religious affiliation or that they are “spiritual but not religious.”


The presenters are:
Ali Mahmoud grew up in Plano and received a McDermott Scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is majoring in Biology and Sociology.  At the end of his sophomore year he founded the first Muslim fraternity in America, Alpha Lamda Mu.  The fraternity has gained national media attention and has been featured on New York Times, NPR, and other major news networks.  Two new chapters have now opened at Cornell University and the University of California at San Diego.  He is currently working on a documentary called Brotherhood: America's Favorite Muslim Fraternity to showcase the struggles of young Muslim American college students in keeping their identity and their faith in post-9/11 America and how the fraternity has been a solution for members of the fraternity.


Drew Alyesmerni, 29, is Executive Vice President of the Southwest Jewish Congress, an organization dedicated to Israel education and awareness, defending the US Constitution, and celebrating intercultural diversity.  Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, as an Iranian-American Jew, Drew views her multi-cultural upbringing as driving force in her work to form bridges between people of different cultures and religions. In August of 2013, Drew relocated to Dallas from Israel, where she served in the IDF at the forefront of diplomatic relations, obtained a Masters in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University, and developed and implemented marketing strategy and outreach to North Americans on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.


Sridhar Karra graduated from Allen High School and is a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Economics.  A member of the Hindu organization Chinmaya Mission since he was five, he is an active member of the organization’s youth wing, Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West (CHYK West).  He has attended several CHYK camps and has led various fundraisers and service projects.  Sridhar teaches a Sunday school class for high schoolers at Chinmaya Saaket, which is one of two Chinmaya Mission temples in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  In the summer of 2013, Sridhar attended the Youth Empowerment Program, a course offered to youth by Chinmaya Mission, which consists of two months of scriptural study, followed by ten months of service.  He is a member of CHYK West’s National Steering Committee.


The comments of the panelists will be the stimulus for clusters of those who attend to address the meaning of the phenomenon of only 36% of their age group stating they have a religious affiliation and whether it represents a decline in spiritual interest or a different path of spiritual quest.  In either event, the implications for people of any faith perspective are significant.


There is no charge. Please register to help us with planning. Free childcare can be requested when you register.