Spring Colloquium

2018 Colloquium Topic

The Nature of Evil: What is Our Response?

The Nature of EvilThe New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue holds an annual Colloquium in the spring, offering a full day of knowledgeable speakers providing though-provoking presentations on religious topics and discussion among audience participants.

What is our response to evil in today’s world? Rabbi Deborah Brin, Reverend Frank Yates and Imam Reda Bedeir address this question as the featured speakers at the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue’s 2018 Spring Colloquium.

The Colloquium will take place Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Road NE. Tickets to the event, which include breakfast and lunch, plus networking time, cost $40 ($20 for students). Register online through the secure PayPal link below.

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During this full day of knowledgeable speakers providing though-provoking presentations, audience participants join in the discussion. The theme “The Nature of Evil: What is Our Response?” will draw insights and wisdom from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions and texts. We will consider these questions:

  • How do we define evil: by results or intent?

  • If evil brings suffering, death, destruction, and broken relationships, why is it also attractive and tempting?

  • Why is it that the Abrahamic Traditions – perhaps more so than other religious traditions – find the issue of evil and suffering to be so problematic for belief in a loving and just God?

  • How can we find a way to speak with one voice about the evil and suffering attendant upon warfare and conflict, environmental degradation, and poverty in our world?

The 2018 Colloquium speakers are:

Rabbi Deborah Brin

Rabbi Deborah Brin

Rabbi Deborah Brin

Rabbi Deborah Brin was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania in 1985. She also has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from LaSalle University. She was among the first 100 women to be ordained as a rabbi in the United States. She has served in rabbinic, pastoral and chaplaincy positions in many settings, most recently as rabbi at Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque. She now works as a Care Manager for the Care Management Group of NM and Decades.

Frank Yates

Rev. Dr. Frank Yates

Rev. Dr. Frank Yates

Rev. Dr. Frank Yates is Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church and a Presbyterian minister for 42 years. He has served at three different campus ministry settings and several congregations in Texas and New Mexico. He taught part-time at numerous colleges and universities over 37 years, teaching theology, ethics, philosophy, world religions and Biblical studies. He also lectures at Albuquerque Oasis and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute.

Imam Reda Bedeir

Imam Reda Bedeir

Imam Reda Bedeir

Dr. Reda Bedeir has a Ph.D. degree from Al Azhar University in Egypt in Applied Linguistics and Islamic Studies, and is a professor there. He has an MA degree in Simultaneous Translation between Arabic and English, and BA degrees in English and in Islamic Studies. He has taught Islam in universities all over the world. He is an international speaker, a certified life coach, as well as an interpreter with the UN for the last 20 years.

Swami Omkarananda

Swami Omkarananda

Moderator: Swami Omkarananda

Swami Omkarananda came to Albuquerque in 2016 to be director of Trinity House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality for the homeless in South Valley. Originally from Australia, she worked as a psychiatrist in England for many years. She has been an active participant in interfaith dialogue gatherings in Los Angeles and is ordained as a minister at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Her passion is to bring faith groups together to collaborate in projects that build community.

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