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The Importance of Interfaith Understanding

Our distinguished panel—led by Michael Pappas and which includes Mahjabeen Dhala, a religious motivational speaker, who is pursuing a doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union; the Rt. Reverend William Swing, president and founding trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI), and Sam Berrin Shonkoff, Ph.D. assistant professor of Jewish studies at GTU—will discuss the connections among the the Abrahamic faiths, the unfortunate general lack of knowledge of the others' histories, cultures, and beliefs, and how increased understanding, tolerance, acceptance, respect, etc. among all faiths could help bring about a more peaceful world.

They will also share expressions of faith and how Interfaith communities interact in the midst of the horrendous COVID-19 crises. 


Celia Menczel


MLF: Middle East


Mahjabeen Dhala

Ph.D. Candidate, Islamic Studies

Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Ph.D., History of Judaism

The Rt. Rev. William Swing

7th Bishop (ret.), Episcopal Diocese of California

Michael Pappas

Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator