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Lunch, Learn offers new perspective

U.S. Air Force photo/ Christopher DeWitt Sarah Bender, Sensei resident teacher, Springs Mountain Sangha (Zen Buddhist Practice Community), speaks during the Schriever Lunch and Learn in the Dish Dining Facility April 29, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office is offering information about world religions at their Lunch and Learn events 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays through June 3.

By Senior Airman Naomi Griego

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office is offering information about world religions at their Lunch and Learn events 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays through June 3, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

Each session highlights a different world religion and a guest speaker from the local community. The April 29 Lunch and Learn focused on Buddhism, the May 6 event was about Judaism, May 13 features Christianity, May 20 will look at Earth Based religion, Islam is tentatively scheduled for May 27, and Hinduism, June 3.

Chaplain (Major) Martin Adamson, 50 SW, brought the idea of the Lunch and Learn here from his last assignment in hope of spreading knowledge.

“It’s an educational opportunity for people to learn about religions they may not have otherwise known about,” said Adamson. “It’s an hour for people to get a little bit more than they would have otherwise.”

Speakers for the Lunch and Learn are from the local Colorado Springs community. They offer insight into their respective religions and answer questions.

“Being in the military, we travel all around the world and encounter different faiths,” he said. “This information can help us interact with different cultures in the future. It’s not meant to push any particular faith or religion on anyone.”

Staff Sgt. Marcela Parker, 50 SW NCO-in charge Chapel operations, said the Lunch and Learn has received a growing ammount of attention and attendance.

“It’s for people to go and discuss new religions and for people who don’t know about that specific religion to ask questions,” she said. “We just want people to know that we’re here for them. And if you have questions, just ask.”

Parker and Adamson said the program is a good overall way for people to interact, fellowship and just network with others they may not have known.

“It’s good to be exposed,” said Adamson. “We might learn something.”

The chapel staff credited the success of the Lunch and Learn to Chaplain (1st Lt.) Jennifer Ray who helped coordinate the event.

They said they are happy to support all Airmen regardless of their faith.

“The goal is education,” said Adamson. “An educated Airmen is a better Airmen.”

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