Christians, Jews and Muslims Will Tackle Issues Together

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Byline: Teresa Mask Daily Herald Staff Writer

On Sunday, suburban residents representing Christians, Jews and Muslims from Arlington Heights, Inverness, Schaumburg, Des Plaines and Rolling Meadows will be among hundreds meeting in Glenview to come up with a "citizen's agenda" to tackle community issues.

The forum, hosted by The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and United Power for Action and Justice is open to the public. It begins at 1:30 p.m. at B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Synagogue, 901 Milwaukee Ave. About 500 people are expected.

The meeting is a continuation of gathering last November of 3,800 people at Chicago's Navy Pier in the aftermath of Sept. 11. There, the group got a better understanding of the Muslim faith and vowed to work together on issues that affect them all.

"I think that was something that really salved a wound for the Muslim community," said George Ostendorf, treasurer for United Power and member of St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights.

This time, he said, the group will decide which common community issues they want to address together in the North and Northwest suburban region of Chicago. …