Interfaith group to discuss ‘suffering’ at Delray Beach Civic Center

The Interfaith Café, a local club made up of representatives of different faiths, will meet Thursday near Delray Beach for a discussion about suffering.

“Life is painful but suffering is optional. Join us to learn how our major faith traditions teach us to handle the pain that comes with being human,” reads a statement from the Interfaith Café. The presenters represent the Bahá’í faith, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism, Mormonism and Islam.

The group will gather Thursday, Aug. 18 between 7-9 p.m. at the Delray Beach South County Civic Center, at 16700 Jog Road. The presenters will answer questions and discuss how each faith tackles the topic of suffering.

“Our polarized climate creates suffering,” said Brett Puterbaugh, a member of the local Mormon Church and president of the Interfaith Café, in a statement. “People of faith need to be examples of empathy, understanding, and interfaith unity. The Interfaith Café is a way for us to practice what we preach. I learn something valuable at every meeting.”

Coffee and desserts will be available at the meeting.

For more details on the Interfaith Café and the meeting, visit

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