Community Faith Exploration Conference


Please spread the word and consider attending the 1st Annual Community Interfaith Exploration: Cultivating Hope in Anxious Times/An interfaith Exploration, to be held in Champaign-Urbana, IL on November 7-10. This interfaith exploration is a collaborative effort that involves building bridges across local faith communities, the University of Illinois (U of I), community groups, campus religious and student life associations, faculty, staff, and administrators. Lead partners include: Interfaith Alliance of Champaign County, University YMCA, First Mennonite Church, Sinai Temple, Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, Hillel Foundation, Muslim Student Association, Illinois Interfaith in Action, and these units at the University of Illinois: Department of Religion, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations.

Core events include:

  • Lecture by Francis X. Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard University, scholar of Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Studies. Title: “Once Upon a Time in Kathmandu: How Hinduism Made Me a Better Catholic.”
  • Keynote address by Dr. Eboo Patel, University of Illinois alumnus and founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core. Dr. Patel was a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2009.
  • Lecture by Dr. Mark Swanson (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago)
  • Panel discussions at the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center and Sinai Temple: Beyond Tolerance: Building Mutuality and Affection through Interfaith Engagement.
  • Ted & Company TheaterWorks premier of “I’d Like to Buy an Enemy,” a new show exploring issues of race, domestic militarism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, etc. as they present within the current ethos in the U.S.

For more information, please read this PDF about the conference.