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.
MLF: Middle East
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
Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator