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  • Interfaith Leadership Forum Inaugural Event Great Success!

    October 25, 2020
    3:00 PM - 5:45 PM

    REGISTRATIONS ENDED OCTOBER 22–We hope to have a follow up event next year.

    The inaugural event of the new Interfaith Leadership Forum will explore how to deepen interfaith work in religious communities, professional life, and our culture. Leaders from all segments of society, and those who want to become leaders, are invited to join us for this virtual event.

    PURPOSE of the Event:

    The ILF aims to promote pluralism by convening leaders of various religious, ethnic, racial, cultural and gender backgrounds to exchange ideas and generate an action- oriented agenda. It provides a venue where a diverse group of community leaders, scholars, clergy and public officials can engage in in-depth discussions on shared values and explore ways to harness them for social action. ILF is open to all individuals who are interested in advancing their interfaith literacy and serving the community as interfaith mobilizers in their professional or individual capacities.
    * To strengthen interfaith relationships, literacy, and leadership by:
    • Equipping one another with various models of dialogue with distinct ends.
    • Experiencing deeper levels of interfaith encounter and dialogue
    • Strengthening literacy about other’s faiths and about one’s own
    • Overcoming prejudices and misconceptions about other faiths
    • Elicit social action through interfaith engagement

    The theme for the Forum is From Interfaith Encounter to Engagement

    Topics and workshops for the event include:

    • Stories of Interfaith Dialogue
    • Tackling Prejudices
    • Learning from Differences
    • Engaging a Racialized Society, and
    • The Life Cycle of Dialogue

    Presenters at the Forum will include:

    • Ibrahim A. Anli, Executive Director, The Rumi Forum
    • Ann Delorey, Program Director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington
    • Dr. Beverly Goines, Assistant Pastor, National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Washington, D.C.; Associate Director, Disciples Center for Public Witness; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies, Georgetown University
    • Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
    • Dr. Pim (Wilhelmus) Valkenberg, Ordinary Professor of Religion and Culture, The Catholic University of America
    • Moderator: Dr. Larry Golemon, Executive Director, Washington Theological Consortium

    After the keynote presentations and panel discussions, participants in the virtual event will break into the smaller workshop / discussion groups.

    REGISTRATIONS ended October 22. We are at full capacity. Details about the virtual event space will be sent to all registrants closer to the event.

    Download ILF flyer with link

    Special thanks to the following for their sponsorship of the event:

    • The Rumi Forum
    • The Washington Theological Consortium
    • The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington
    • Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs
    • Montgomery County Office of Religious Affairs


    VIRTUAL EVENT – A great forum to hear from Dr. Goines about the power of interfaith journeys, and from panelists on overcoming religious prejudices, engaging racism, learning from difference, and the life-cycle of interfaith dialogue. A VIDEO of the event will be posted soon!