Hanukkah and Christmas: two very different holidays that share an overlap of timing, food, some gifts, and anything else? What exactly is at the heart of both of these holidays? Let’s take Hanukkah and Christmas a little deeper and explore the theological differences between them with 18Doors’ Rabbi Steven Philp of Mishkan along with Pastor Tim Kim and Danny Sanchez. Bring the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about these holidays, and find out what these theological differences can mean in your interfaith home.
Meet Rabbi Steven Philp
Steven Philp is an Associate Rabbi at Mishkan Chicago. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Steven earned an M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and an M.Div. and M.S.W. from the University of Chicago. Steven grew up in California and Hawaii, as a Roman Catholic with a strong Protestant heritage. He became passionate about interfaith work while in college, a path that eventually led him to convert to Judaism. Steven is excited to work with 18Doors, helping others find communities that affirm their whole selves. He currently lives in Lakeview with his husband Toby, cat Miso and dog Momilani.
Meet Pastor Tim Kim
Tim is the Co-Founder and Lead Pastor of Root + Branch Church. Hailing from Southern California, Tim moved out to Chicago to pursue his Master of Divinity at the University of Chicago Divinity School and has made Illinois his home for the last decade. He enjoys talking endlessly about all the forbidden topics: religion, politics, money, whatever else that shall not be mentioned.
Meet Danny Sanchez
Danny is a student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Student Pastor at Root + Branch Church. Much of his studies are in multi-religious conversation, exploring the possibilities and limitations of speech, ritual, and space as tools to connect across and within different religious traditions.
This event is cosponsored by Mishkan Chicago
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