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UNM Dialogue on Faith Traditions and Tools to Confront Hate

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In a time of marked polarization and incivility in American public life, universities have a particularly important role to play as sites of civil conversation. The UNM Dialogue on Faith Traditions and Tools to Confront Hate will offer a panel with insights from the moral traditions we call ‘religions’ to confront polarization, incivility, and intolerance.

Each panelist will speak for about 8 minutes out of her or his tradition, followed by a dialogue with the audience and among the panelists, moderated by Dr. Richard L. Wood of the UNM faculty.

This event will take place Thursday, January 26, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom A on the University of New Mexico campus.

The conversation with four local religious leaders will be guided by these framing questions:

  • What are the tools that your faith tradition offers for coping with and responding to hatred and intolerance?
  • More broadly, what insights can your faith tradition offer to help members of the UNM community create a climate of constructive engagement across lines of difference?

Panelists: 

Rabbi Evelyn Baz is the rabbinic leader of Congregation B’nai Israel, the Conservative Jewish congregation in Albuquerque. Rabbi Baz trained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

Reverend John C. Daniel is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He attended Immaculate Heart of Seminary in Santa Fe and Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict Oregon, holding a Bachelors of Arts in History & a Master of Divinity. He has served as a priest for 24 years in Las Vegas, Tucumcari, Socorro, and Albuquerque.

David Eiffert is a pastor at Believers Center of Albuquerque. He leads Outlet, an open community for honest seekers, and is passionate about the teachings of Jesus and following the way of peace. He currently lives in Albuquerque with his wife Jordan.

Faisal Nabulsi is Senior Vice President at Skorpios Technologies and serves as the President of the Islamic Center of New Mexico. He strives “to prepare young Muslims to integrate in our great society in America and leverage the noble values of Islam to promote peace.”

This dialogue is convened on behalf of the University community and the people of New Mexico by the UNM Office of the Provost. All are welcome.

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