Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Feb 14 @ 09:16
What I Believe



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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

Are you curious about the spiritual belief systems of others? Plan to attend the “What I Believe,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr.    


Three clerics will represent their religion and briefly present their thoughts and feelings. A question and answer session will follow.


Imam Abdur Rahman Bashir received his initial religious training from University of Islamic Sciences in Karachi Pakistan and then transferred to the Institute of Islamic Education in United Kingdom where he completed the remainder of eight years of education in Islamic theology and jurisprudence. Serving as an Imam in Jefferson, Louisiana, for over 10 years, he currently is Imam of Islamic Association of Allen.


Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor attended Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School. A rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Dallas, 1989-2005 and Congregation Beth El Binah in Richardson, 2006-2010, he is rabbi/chaplain/counselor for a number of local organizations and counseling programs, including the Plano Police Department. Rabbi Leynor teaches at Collin College and Methodist Community Nursing Program.


Pastor Gordon Illausky has served at the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Allen since 2006. Passionate about preaching God’s Word and the Sacraments of the Church, he reaches out to the community by serving as chaplain and in other endeavors. A talented musician, he is a vocalist and pianist who has performed in multiple theater, operatic and musical venues.


 Sponsored by ALLen Reads, the program is free. Call 214-509-4911.