North American Interfaith Conference
Sunday, August 6 – Thursday, August 10
SUNDAY GALA and OPENING
Celebrating “INTERFAITH AWARENESS WEEK!”SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS
Interfaith Bridging Ceremony
Each person bows and exchanges a carnation, then receives an Interfaith Stole
Our Friends from Mexico were able to join us!Music and Fun with Karl AnthonyDarnisha Hunter giving Dr. Steve the Interfaith Awareness Proclamation
Monday Morning at the Price Center Theater
Author Azim Khamisa whose story is “From Murder to Forgiveness” will teach us about true Compassion & Harmony.
The NAIN Young Adult Scholars will also present their incredible Interfaith activities and projects.
SEE BELOW for Photos and Bios
Attendees participated in a 2-hr. Inter-Generational Dialogue
We visited the Mormon Temple Grounds.
Later we went to Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and heard Dr. Christian Sorensen.
Rabbi Cantor Gaby Arad of the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego,
The Sikh Society of San Diego in Escondido provided dinner at SSCSL.
Dr. Jaswinder Bath, of the Sikh Community,
A cultural performance by the Sikh Youth.
Turban Demonstration for all who wanted one.
An Ice cream social concluded this active day.
Wednesday Morning – In theater
General NAIN Board Meeting
President Brian Farr and Alan Bachman presented
“Towards a Global Morality of Community and Peace.”
10:30-12:00noon will include 6 more workshops.
Wednesday Afternoon lunch will be provided by the Islamic Center of San Diego at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in San Diego at the LDS Church on Mt Abernathy St. in San Diego. The program is a collaboration between Imam Taha Hassane and Rev. Rick Love called “Islam, Evangelicals & Interfaith” which will give you a deeper hope for peace between faiths
Wednesday Afternoon and Evening
will take us to Balboa Park and the International Cottages, eating pizza and enjoying three cultural performances.1. Performance by the Algarabia Dancers from The House of Columbia
2. Selections from “Interfaith:The Musical,” created by Ruth Broyde
Sharone, directed by Cantor Lori Frank and performed by the Temple Adat Shalom choir
3. Dances of Universal Peace led by Mansur Richard ConviserThursday Morning
Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon will be our KEYNOTE Speaker. A local Interfaith panel of Spiritual Leaders reflected on what he said based on their religious beliefs.
“Tension Between Desire for Harmony vs Demand for Justice.”
Plenary Panelists are:
Right Rev. Penny Bridges (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Diego),
Rabbi Devorah Marcus (Temple Emanu -El),
Fayaz Nawabi (Islamic Center of San Diego),
Bijan Zayer, (Baha’is of Encinitas)
Dr. Jan Via – Roman Catholic Woman Priest and Bishop – Breaking the Mold
Shiraz Kanji – Chair of the 2018 NAIN Conference in Edmonton, Canada, – Sneak Preview
Larry Greenfield President of the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, Canada
Conference Ends 12noon.
HIGHLIGHTING the MORNING WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – 2017 NAIN Conference
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093
MONDAY 8/7/17 –
Theater – 8:30 KEYNOTE Azim Khamisa,
10-10:30 Snack Break
10:30 NAIN Youth Scholars,
12:00- 12:45 Lunch East Ballroom
12:45-3pm Intergenerational Dialogue
#1 – 8:30 am Theater – Lakshmi Sukumar (Hindu),
Christina Tillotson (New Thought),
Beth Johnson (UnitarianUniversalist),
Devra Gregory (Wicca)
‘Harmony Through Women Clergy ‘
#2 – 8:30 Rm. #1 – – J. Cody Nielsen – ‘Trumped and Scared: Responding to the needs of Marginalized Religious Identities During Times of Political Uncertainty’
#3 – 8:30 Rm. #2 – – Gilbert Friend Jones –
‘From Dissonance to Harmony:
Jesus as a Bridge Between Faiths’
Ronit Gabay -‘Compassionate Living’
#4 – 8:30 Rm. #3 – – Deborah Mech –
‘Spiritual Diversity in Education’
#5 – 8:30 Rm. #4 – – Michael Painter – ‘Analysis or Synthesis in the Interfaith Experience’
Maneck Bhujwala – Zoroastrian –
‘Promoting Harmony Within and Between Faiths’
#6 – 8:30 Rm. #5 – Becca Taylor, Rev Cheri Metier,
Steve Rivera – ‘Faith Works: In Political Arenas ‘
10-10:30 Snack Break
#7 – 10:30 am Theater -Maaz Bajwa (Ahmadayya), Laura Johnson (Quaker),
Julia Adame (Baha’i),
Kokila Doshi (Jain), – ‘Harmony: Making It Happen ‘
#8 – 10:30 Rm. #1 – Rhonda Mason, Alan Bachman,
Andalin Bachman – ‘Harmony Above and Below’
#9 – 10:30 Rm. #2 – – Joseph Prabhu,
Swami Atmatattwananda, Debrah Friedland,
& Laura Lafoia Ava-Testimale, Ruth Broyde Sharon –
‘Inclusivity: Expanding Your City’s Role in
Rm. #3 – 10:30 David Fekete – ‘E Pluribus Unum: Plurity not Sameness – Spiritually, Socially & Politically’
Robyn Lebron – ‘Is Interfaith Becoming Just Another Religion? ‘
#11 – 10:30 Rm. #4 – – Vicki Garlock – Creation Stories for Kids from Various Cultures
‘Traditions; Interfaith Education for Kids: Why We Need It and How to Do It’
#12 – 10:30 Rm. #5 – – Judy Lee Trautman – ‘Harmony as a Response to Local Hate Incidents’
Gard Jameson – ‘Camp Anytown: Reducing Prejudice,
Bias & Bigotry’
12:00 – 12:30 Box lunches
12:30 – Field Trip
8:30- 10:00 Theater NAIN Business Session
followed by Brian Farr & Alan Bachman:
‘Toward a Global Morality of Community and Peace’
10:00-10:30 Snack Break
#13 – 10:30 am Theater – Shareda Hosein & Ruth Broyde Sharone, Eileen, Epperson –
‘How to Engage the Elephant in the Room: A Female Approach to Difficult Interfaith/Intra-faith Conversations’ (for men & women).
#14 – 10:30 Rm. #1 – – Robert Wertz – ‘Paths of Peace’- Begin inside, then attendees walk outside
on Grass area near Theater Lobby for a Labyrinth Walk.
#15 – 10:30 Rm. #2 – Sari Heidenreich, Ardey Turner,
Johnny Martin, – ‘Breaking Down the Walls
#16 – 10:30 Rm. #3 – Linda Groff – ‘Crossing Boundaries: Spiritual Journeys in Search of the Soul’
#17 – 10:30 Rm. #4 – Andre van Zijl & Rev. Debrah Daya Friedland-VanZyl – ‘Art & Poetry as a
Means for Creating Sacred Interspiritual Community’
#18 – 10:30 Rm. #5 – Bettina Gray and Kay Lindhal –
‘Faith in Action: Interfaith Community Building
in Today’s North America’
#19 – 8:30 am Theater – Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon KEYNOTE and Interfaith Panel Reflection
‘The Tension Between The Desire for Harmony and the Demand for Justice’
The Right Rev. Penny Bridges (Episcopal)
Rabbi Devorah Marcus (Judaism),
Fayaz Nawab (Muslim),
Bijan Zayer (Baha’i)
10:30 – 12 noon10:30-11:00 Dr. Jane Via – “Breaking the Mold!”
Roman Catholic Woman Priest and Bishop,
Highlights from 2018 NAIN Conference in Edmonton Canada – Shiraz Kanji, Chair
Highlights from 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto – Larry Greenfield, President PWR
Tahil Sharma is a nationally recognized leader promoting religious/secular pluralism and social justice. He worked as the Hope Not Hate Campaign and Culturama Coordinator for AMP Global Youth, a project of Americans for Informed Democracy to promote interfaith cooperation and an intercultural, virtual exchange between students in the United States and the Middle East. He currently serves as a UN DPI-NGO Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Interfaith Liaison for Sadhana: the Coalition for Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves as a Religious Director from the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California and is a Germanacos Fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core, working on local initiatives to promote inter-religious dialogue and community engagement and service. He also serves as an Interfaith Liaison for Sadhana: The Coaition of Progressive Hindus and the Vice Chair for the Committee on Human Relations for the city of Claremont.
She is a current member of IFYC’s “Alumni Speakers Bureau. Miranda is also certified in Interfaith Conflict Resolution by the United States Institute of Peace, and is an active member of United Religions Initiative. She is also on the organization-team for the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington’s Young Adult Interfaith Summit.
The second week in August will be Proclaimed as INTERFAITH AWARENESS WEEK
by 14 of the 18 Mayors in San Diego County!