Making ¢hange: $pirituality in a Time of Recession

January 20th, 2010

An Interface Community Dialogue
Respondents: Reverend Stan Adamson, Ryokan Gary Hardin, Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, Rabbi Joshua Rose

Host: Barry Erdman

About the Presentation

“Recession—a time when a friend loses his job.
Depression—a time when you lose your job.
Panic—a time when your wife loses her job.”

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”-Matthew 6:24

How are you personally coping during the economic downturn? What does one say and do in our helping roles with our congregations and clients? How do organizations survive after relying on tithing and donations? In this session, we will all have an opportunity to share our personal thoughts and experiences in answering these questions. Our facilitators, will start us off by sharing their own personal experiences with us.

About the Facilitators

Rev. Stanley E. Adamson, D.Min., Pastor of St. Andrew Church in Boulder since 1987. Dr. Adamson holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a specialization in Church Revitalization.

Ryokan Gary Hardin, is a Zen Monk in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi and Zentatsu Baker-Roshi.  He has been running the Boulder Zen Center, now Dharma Sangha Boulder, for about 10 years.  After 30 years, the Boulder Zen Center finally has a dedicated practice space at the Briar Rose B&B, which has become a successful effort to support a practice community through a green business emphasizing mindful attention to its guests (

Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, Shiite Islamic Imam, Boulder & Denver Colorado. He was born in the city of Al-Najaf in southern Iraq. In 1974, he was arrested by Saddam Hussein’s regime and imprisoned for more than 5 months. After being released, he spent few years in the Middle East and traveled to Lebanon, Turkey, and Iran in search of a safe place to stay. While in Iran, he completed his theological studies. Fearful of Iraq’s secret police, he fled to England and began his secular education.

Ibrahim has taught Comparative Mysticism, Introduction to Islamic Law & Theology, Qur’anic Exegeses, The History of Hadith, and Islamic History. He has traveled to many countries in pastoral capacity as an Imam for the Muslim communities as well as on lecture tours. He is the former Director of the Abrahamic Initiative Program at St. John Cathedral in Denver. Currently he serves as a member of the Board of Religious advisers to the Denver Police.

He has received many awards for his bridge building and peace initiative, In addition to Islamic Theological studies, Ibrahim holds a degree in Mining/Petroleum Eng., MBA in Management, Master in Global Studies (GSIS, D.U), and Master Theological Studies (Iliff School of Theology). Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Joint Iliff and D.U. Ph.D. Program within Religion and Social Change Concentration. He is researching the role and contribution of Religion to International Relations

See his blog for further information:

Rabbi Joshua Rose is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder.  He loves to guide people in their discovery – or rediscovery – of Jewish tradition and learning.  He has taught high school, worked for a Jewish political advocacy organization in Washington DC and has served congregations in Brooklyn, North Carolina and Portland (where his father is Rabbi emeritus).  He is co-convener, with Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder, of Soulfood, an experimental outreach program to people in their 20s and 30s.  Rabbi Rose lives in Boulder with his wife Channah, a lawyer, and their 16 month old son, Eliav.

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