NAIN’s First Ever
August 12th, 2019
8:30am-1pm Pacific Daylight Time |
10am-2pm Mountain |
11am-3pm Central |
12pm-4pm Eastern |
Cost: $50 per person/computer,
$25 for students or Fixed Income,
$100 for Groups
NOTE: We are trying out online conferencing this year, but hope to maintain the unique feel of our annual NAINConnect – with time to meet and greet new people, a chance for renewed connections, along with the usual plenary, panel and workshops. Come join us online this year and see what is possible. We look forward to seeing you in person next year, 2020. Stay tuned!
- Brian Farr J.D.:Had Enough? Healing a Polarized World
- Rorri Geller-Mohamed: Connecting Multiracial Families and Interfaith Work
- NAIN Young Adult Scholars Panel on the theme of Interfaith Community in a Polarized World
- Michael Kinnamon: Complicating the Picture: Why Both/And is Not always the Right Response
Had Enough? Healing a Polarized World with Brian Farr J.D.
Vo latile Tribalism”. That’s how Stanford sociology professor Robb Willer describes the current state of affairs in the U.S.A. It’s a problem that plagues much of the world. Willer asserts thesituation will eventually right itself but not until the public decides it’s had enough.This session will engage participants in discussing (i) how we got here, (ii) some exacerbating factors, (iii) how we sometimes unwittingly contribute to the problem, and (iv) what we can do to help right the situation. Decide you’ve had enough. Let’s fix this now.
Brian Farr is a Board member and past Chair of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, the North American Interfaith Network, and the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. He sits on Human Rights and Interfaith Outreach Boards of three area universities.
Connecting Multiracial Families and Interfaith Work
with Rorri Geller-Mohamed
Learn about how to create an inclusive and diverse environment as a means of incorporating multiracial families in interfaith work and spaces. workshop will be facilitated by a licensed family therapist that is in an interfaith marriage (Jewish/Muslim) and grew up in a multiracial family. will focus on strategies to support and celebrate unique identities, connecting with each other through community, and coming together for positive change.
Rorri Geller-Mohamed, LCSW (Rorri@upowerchange.com) is the founder of U Power Change and a family therapist that specializes in working with multiracial, multicultural, and interfaith/multifaith families. experience growing up in a multiracial family, being in a Jewish-Muslim interfaith marriage, and raising children in a multi-identity family is her inspiration for working to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.
NAIN Young Adult Scholars Panel on the theme of
Interfaith Community in a Polarized World
Complicating the Picture: Why Both/And is Not Always the Right Response with Michael Kinnamon
People involved in NAIN believe that religion, especially through improved interfaith relations, should be a force for reconciliation in a polarized world. We also know from experience, however, that religions have been a source of polarization and are often examples of it. As sociologists Robert Putnam and David Campbell put it in their book, American Grace, “polarization and pluralism are the principal themes in the recent history of American religion”-a judgment that applies throughout North America. Any serious attempt to advance a pluralistic agenda must confront the complexity of this history.
One way to approach this is to acknowledge that, while interfaith advocates prefer to say “both/and,” there are times when we need to make “either/or”choices and judgments. Ironically, religious resistance to social and political polarization demands that we say no to certain ways of being religious. In this presentation, I will flesh out the tension suggested above and invite discussion of it.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, one of the most prominent and influential ecumenical leaders and educators of our time, was the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Dr. Kinnamon, now retired, was a seminary and university professor for thirty years, also serving as Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary from 1988-98.
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9am-1pm Pacific Daylight Time | 10am-2pm Mountain | 11am-3pm Central | 12pm-4pm Eastern | 1pm-5pm Atlantic
Cost: $50 per person/computer,
$25 for students or fixed income,
$100 for Large Groups
In a fractured and increasingly polarized world,
we celebrate 30+ years of
North American Interfaith Network harmony!