Religious, Spiritual, Secular: Living in a Pluralistic Culture

Religious, Spiritual, Secular: Living in a Pluralistic Culture

The 2020 conference was a success! Here is a snapshot of the program.

Online Academic & Community Conference

May 24th – 26th, 2020

Videos and online discussion available through June 15.

Public Events
Other Conference Highlights

Public Events

Keynote Lecture
Sunday May 24, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Healing at a Time of Polarization: Reaching Beyond Difference to What We Share
Interfaith Amigos Imam Jamal Rahman and Rabbi Ted Falcon, authors of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith and Religion Gone Astray

The keynote lecture and concert are free and open to the public.

Monday May 25, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Multi-Cultural Melodies 
Featuring Bukola Balogun, Nathan Elawa, Mark Fenster & Zoe Fenster, Usman Malik, Jeff Marceil, Charles Kaplan & Laura Duhan-Kaplan

The keynote lecture and concert are free and open to the public.

Other Conference Highlights

Plenary Lecture

Regulating Freedom of Religious Belief
Dr. Pitman Potter, PhD, MDiv

Multi-faith Panel

Spirit of Reconciliation: A Multi-Faith Approach
Facilitated by Chaplain Lauren Sanders

Closing Open-ended Dialogue

Facilitated by Dr. Terry Neiman


For registered participants only.

Breakout Session Topics

  • Finding Inclusive Theologies
  • Inter-Religious Education
  • Models of Pluralism
  • Bridging Separation in a Digital Age
  • Theologies of Outreach
  • Dilemmas of Secular Culture
  • Spiritual and Mental Health
  • Christian Theologies of Interfaith
  • Respect, Humility, Forgiveness
  • Spirituality in Popular Culture
  • Broadening Community Institutions
  • Urgent Political Crises
  • COVID-19 & Intercultural Tensions


  • Rev. Dr. Raymond C. Aldred
  • Sam Andri
  • Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee
  • Arun Chatterjee
  • Nirmalya Das
  • Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Ellithorpe
  • Dr. Eloecea
  • Dr. David Falk
  • Kiara Falk
  • Alim Fakirani
  • DoraLi Harrison
  • Ken Harding
  • Dr. Duncan Hollomon
  • Rabbi Jonathan Infeld
  • Siddika Jessa
  • Rev. Victor Kim
  • Kevin McCarty
  • Cathy Merchant
  • Deacon Rennie Nahanee
  • Rev. Dr. Bob Paul
  • Rev. Paulo Pereira
  • Rev. Roger Revell
  • Rev. Harold Rosen
  • Chaplain Lauren Sanders
  • Rabbi Susan Shamash
  • Ciara Toddington
  • Lindsay Veenstra
  • Piotr Rajski
  • Steve Slocum
  • Rev. Emilie Teresa Smith
  • Dr. Mark Stein
  • Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning
  • Dr. Helen Waldstein
  • Rev. Todd Wiebe
  • Imam Dr. Nasir Zaidi

Registration Fee: $100 ($50 for Students)


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