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LOVE – Eastern & Western Faith


from the Perspectives of


February 18, 2017   7 pm

Turkish Cultural Center

420 Kuller Road, Clifton NJ


This program focused on how couples can keep their love strong and live happy lives together in light of their faith.  A professor of world religions and a Roman Catholic missionary presented two perspectives on divine guidance for love, marriage, and sacred friendship as interpreted in the Qu’ran and the Holy Bible.



Professor Lisa Sargese

Love and Romance: What Do Holy Books Teach Us About Authentic Love

Mariama Rolden

 Muslim and Christian Teachings on Lasting Relationships Between Women and Men

Closing remarks

Ahmet M. Atlig, PhD



Professor Lisa Sargese, M.T.S., M.A. teaches world religions, women and religion, and psychology at Montclair State University and Bergen Community College. Dedicated to helping people live healthier, happier lives, she speaks and writes about faith, spirituality, and emotional well-being. In 2014 her interfaith dialog program was awarded a place on the Honor Roll for The President of the United States of America’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge from President Obama’s White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Mariama Rolden is a second year missionary at Montclair State University as part of the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) – an organization that sends missionaries, many who are recent graduates themselves, to reach out to students on college campuses, share life with them and invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Mariama has dedicated herself to inspiring and equipping young people for prayer-centered living, discipleship, and worship of God. She is currently teaching a class on Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love at Newman Catholic Center at Montclair State, and encourages faith-centered dating with a focus on deepening love in the sacrament of marriage.


Ahmet M. Atlig, PhD, is a volunteer Interfaith Consultant of JWF, Journalists and Writers Foundation. JWF is a leading interfaith and intercultural organization first established in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994. The foundation is recognized by its achievements for its ability to bring together community leaders of different faith groups to promote solidarity and peace against religious and cultural intolerance around the world. Atlig also serves as a volunteer chaplain at Manhattan Veteran Hospital.