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Tuesday, May 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panel Discussion-Room At the Table: Cultivating Community in Religious Diversity LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for this intentional conversation and challenge to creating spaces of welcome and growth when religious diversity exists.  Participants will share in examples from current climate and culture that engage our panel and audience in identifying barriers, personal steps and blind spots that can exist and hinder effective and intentional community cultivation.

Panel Discussion Questions
  1.  At what point does one's own faith identity or religious expression impact that of another who identifies differently?  
  2. What does it take for one to willingly enter into a space of grace with others and self? 
  3. Consider a time when you felt your own identify or expression wasn't honored or allowed to freely reveal?  
By the end of the session, participants will
  • know what potential barriers to effective community cultivation can exist navigating circles of religious difference 
  • identify personal steps they can take to help facilitate a space that others can enter into and stay at the table 
  • learn of potential blind spots they may have when engaging in cross-cultural connections with people who identify differently in faith, theology or ideology

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Dr. LaKendra Hardware

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Goshen College
Dr. LaKendra Hardware cultivates communities of difference with an eyes-wide-open approach.  She enters into spaces of diverse identity and awareness with an intentional goal of fostering openness, honor and support for self and others.  At Goshen College, Dr. LaKendra helps craft... Read More →

Breakout Session Panelists
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Mohammed Sirajuddin

Imam, Society of Michiana Islamic Center
Mohammed Sirajuddin has been working as a full time Imam with the Islamic Society of Michiana for last 20 years.  Most of his education and training was attained in different seminaries and a university in India, in the Islamic education and Eastern languages.  He completed a Master's... Read More →
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Nakeisha Alayna Alexis

Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism Coordinator, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis brings several practical, administrative and intellectual gifts to each of her roles at AMBS.As a member of the Communication team, she is the Graphic Designer and Website Specialist and is responsible for designing publicity materials and managing the seminary's... Read More →
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Plez Lovelady, Ph.D.

President, Beulah Bible College & Seminary
Dr. Lovelady earned his Ph.D. from Freelandia Bible College and Seminary, Cassville, Missouri, and is the former host of the radio program, "Strength for Today."  As a biblical scholar, senior pastor of Southside Baptist Church, and a professor of Biblical Theology at Beaulah Bible... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
IUSB Elkhart Room 220