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Public invited to Ask Anything at faith discussion
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Ask Anything

When: 8:30-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Monkey Barrel, 115 Washington St., Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: First Baptist Church Gainesville, 770-534-7354,

For the second time, the public is invited to “Ask Anything,” a discussion of faith and religion with representatives of two different belief systems.

Will Dyer, associate pastor to young adults at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, is organizing the second Ask Anything discussion. Dyer will be joined by his friend, attorney M. Yusuf Mohamed, and they will answer questions regarding their Christian and Islamic faiths Thursday from 8:30-10 p.m. at The Monkey Barrel.

This is the second Ask Anything discussion The Monkey Barrel will host.

“The first one we did was about two months ago,” Dyer said. “It was an atheist and myself and it was, man, such a great conversation. The turnout was spectacular and people kept asking, ‘When are you going to do another one?’”

Dyer said he wanted the next dialogue to “go further” than the first.

“The conversation between an atheist and a Christian is great, but there are other conversations we need to be having,” he said.

Mohamed said the discussion is an opportunity for friends to get together and talk about their faith , and what it means to each of them.

Dyer said the format of the evening was designed by The Monkey Barrel owner Albert Reeves. It is an open forum in which attendees are invited to write questions and put them in a bucket. The questions will then be read and answered by Dyer and Mohamed.

“It’s not a debate; it’s a conversation,” Dyer said. “It’s a really beautiful thing to see a conversation. Debates are boring, but conversations are life-giving.”

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