How To Create The Interfaith Conversation You Campus Needs

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Session Description: Workshop Title: Creating Safe Space for Respectful Conversation Across Religious Divides on Your Campus Interfaith dialogue has never been more important. Students see the need to form relationships across religious lines to groups which are often the largest student organizations on campus. Religion, often used and presented as a point of contention, can actually be a wonderful way to find common ground, educate one another, and unite a campus more fully. In this session students will learn about:

  • Best practices around how to create mutual connection and common ground over religion
  • Reaching out to a big student group on campus

Bio: Janet Penn is the founder of Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) and was its Executive Director from 199-2014. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Inter-religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) at Hebrew College and Andover-Newton Theological School, where she is writing Say Yes! A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Youth-Led Interfaith Encounter. Janet received her MBA and MSW from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. When she’s not working or enjoying time with family and friends, she loves to play cello, sing, work in her organic garden, and spend time in the mountains.