#QuietingTheSilence: An Interfaith Mental Health Conversation

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People of all faiths struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Join us for an interfaith conversation from different religious perspectives in an authentic Sukkah. Gathering in the Sukkah celebrates the Jewish holiday of Sukkot which commemorates the temporary dwellings God made to shelter ancestors on their way out of Egypt.


RSVP is encouraged at http://thebluedovefoundation.org/interfaithevent


Stay connected at https://www.facebook.com/events/2213612885427322/


  • Thursday  October 17th
  • 6:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Location shared upon RSVP
  • Admission is free
  • Suitable for ages 18+


Sari Earl is a board member of Metropolitan Counseling Services, an Atlanta organization providing quality, affordable counseling and psychotherapy for adults in Atlanta while training the next generation of psychotherapists. Sari is also engaged in interfaith work through her many years spent on the board of the American Jewish Committee, who’s Atlant’a office has longstanding relationships with diverse ethnic and religious communities to advance issues of common concern.


Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai

Rabbi Levenberg joined the Temple Sinai clergy in 2006, serving first as Assistant and presently as Associate Rabbi. In addition to his service to the congregation, he also serves locally on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, the Camp Coleman Clergy Advisory Board, and the Atlanta Jewish Film Society, and he serves the national movement by sitting on the board of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. Rabbi Levenberg is an alumnus of both Lead Atlanta (2008) and Leadership Atlanta (2017) and was recently inducted into the prestigious Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Board of Preachers (2017) in recognition of his work in the arena of civil rights. He is the proud recipient of many awards, including the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award for his work of inclusion and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Nabile Safdar, Islamic Speaker’s Bureau Atlanta

Nabile Safdar has been active in interfaith work since attending a Catholic High School next to a Jewish Community Center, bringing together teens from these faith traditions for dialogue. This work continued for years in Maryland as one of the speakers and presidents of the Baltimore Interfaith Outreach Council, based at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. He joined the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau Atlanta in 2014 as a speaker, board member, and content author. He has a special interest in the intersection of healthcare with his Master’s thesis being an “Exploratory Assessment of the Beliefs of Maryland’s Muslims Regarding their Health Needs and Barriers to Access,” which included an exploration around issues of stigma and barriers to mental health care. He is currently on the president of the of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, the oldest and largest organization of Muslim physicians in the United States.

Pastor James Lamkin, Northside Drive Baptist Church

Pastor Lamkin joined Northside Drive Baptist Church in 1997. He has a D.Min. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and was trained in Clinical Pastoral Ministry at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He has pastored in Louisiana and Virginia; and served as a chaplain at Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. In Atlanta, he has been on the board for the Center of Care and Counseling of Georgia, a World Pilgrim Interfaith leader, President of the Atlanta Regional Council of Churches, and Leadership in Ministry consultant. He loves being a grandfather of four grandkids, telling stories, and doing the work of spiritual growth. He is a juggler, has walked 500 miles across Spain on a pilgrimage, and ran two marathons at 63 years old.

Closing Meditation 

Daiki Barlow, Buddhist Priest
Daiki Barlow is a priest in the Soto shu (school) of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Daiki has been practicing Zen Buddhism for twenty-five years. He took the vows of a lay Buddhist in 2006. In 2010 he took full vows and ordained as a Buddhist monk/priest. Daiki graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Accounting. He worked in public accounting and banking before he retired to work full time as a Buddhist minister.



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