Making the Familiar Strange: Touching the Hem of Jesus



Tuesday, September 21
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Zoom (Registration required)

Join Education and Program Associate Ally ZimmerMas and Trisha Hoffman-Ahrens, member of both Countryside Community Church and the Tri-Faith Board of Directors, for this session of Making the Familiar Strange. Trish will share her perspective on the story of a woman who, after suffering with illness for twelve long years, breaks social convention to touch Jesus; upon touching the hem of his cloak, she is healed.

Read or review the story: Luke 8:43-48

Send your questions and thoughts in advance to Ally at

Trisha Hoffman-Ahrens is a communications strategist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of c-level experience in the publicly traded real estate and nonprofit arts and entertainment sectors. She joined the Board of Directors for the Tri-Faith Initiative in 2019 and is a member of its Development Committee. Trisha is an engaged member of Countryside Community Church, having served as Chair of the Board of Art and Music for two years, and began a three-year term on the Board of Trustees in February 2020. A life-long learner, active speaker and IBSTIPI certified facilitator, Trisha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kansas and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. She has two adult children, Drew and Lindsey.

Making the Familiar Strange is an opportunity for interfaith dialogue that inspires people of different religious and nonreligious backgrounds to read the same text together. Rather than providing answers, creating arguments, or shutting down conversation, Making the Familiar Strange gives attendees an opportunity to investigate and share different perspectives on the same texts.

While not required, the program is best if you have access to the stories, which can be through a physical copy or online copy of a Bible, Tanakh, and/or Quran.

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