The Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Turkish House organized the Dialog and Friendship Dinner on November 16th at 6:00pm at Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. Representatives from different walks of life such as local media, elected officials, clergy, leader of communities, and business people, joined the dinner. The Honorable Chief Justice, Charles Daniels was the key note speaker. New Mexico Senators Bill Payne and Tim Keller and Representative Rick Miera were the Host Committee.
The volunteers of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Turkish House welcomed the guests and recognized some of the guests such as Representatives of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, Representative from Martin Heinrich’s office, US District Court, the New Mexico Supreme Court , NM State Auditor, NM State Senators and Representatives, District and Metropolitan Courts, Bernalillo County Commissioners, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Public Education Commission, UNM and CNM Faculty, Presbyterian and Catholic Churches, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and KUNM Radio.
The master of Ceremony was Rob Raucci from KUNM who introduced Institute of Interfaith Dialog briefly and invited Fr. Tom Jackson, Pastor, Aquinas Newman Center for the opening Invocation.
The contest of Middle and High School Students ,2nd Annual Art of Friendship Contest, on the theme of “peace and friendship” were displayed on the screen. “Madame Winter” (name of the music group) presented a live performance while dinner is served. After recognizing the Host Committee once more, the initiator of Interfaith Dialog in Turkey and inspirer of the events like tonight's one was introduced to the guests.
The next speaker was the president of IID, Dr. Alp Arslandogan who gave his speech regarding the importance of interfaith dialog interms of world's peace.The key note speaker, Chief Justice, Charles Daniels addressed his speech and mentioned little bit about his experience during a visit to the country of Turkey. The closing pray was performed by Rev. Joanne Burns from Unity Spiritual Center. And this was end of the first Dialog and Freindship Dinner organized by Institute of Interfaith Dialog in Albuquerque.