Interfaith Tour of Biblical Sites Spurs Dialogue

June 4, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On June 4, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "In late June and early July, [Kazim] Eldes plans to lead two interfaith journeys to Turkey, this time with groups from the Indianapolis area. Sponsored by an organization called the Holy Dove Foundation, Eldes hopes the Biblical Treasures of Turkey tour will create closer connections among people of different religious backgrounds. 'As a Muslim and a Turkish person, I feel responsible for my society,' says Eldes, who lives in Fishers with his wife and five children. 'Throughout my life, I lived in a Muslim society. I didn't have much interaction with Christians and Jews. My ultimate goal is for us to know one another.' That goal is shared by the Rev. Kent Millard, the senior pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. He plans to be part of the July trip to Turkey. 'Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders need to model working together so society will see religion as a unifying force, not a dividing force in the world,' Millard says."