Dr. Allen McKiel, author of Beyond Tolerance: Religion and Global Community, will be the keynote speaker at the second Spiritual Diversity Conference sponsored by the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon and COCC Diversity Committee. This free conference will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Wille Hall, Campus Center at Central Oregon Community College.
Dr. McKiel will be discussing “Religion‐Unity in Diversity”. This will be followed by an interfaith panel discussion. The afternoon session will include a presentation by Wajdi Said, Founder of the Muslim Education Trust, in Portland Oregon on “Beyond Stereotypes of Islam.” Everyone is invited to join in this interactive conference designed to promote dialogue and understanding. This one‐day conference will start at 9:30am and conclude at 4:30pm. Craig Perryman, President of the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon, said, “It is important that we learn to celebrate both our uniqueness and our commonalities as people of faith. When we learn about each other, it eliminates our fear of the unknown and allows us to work together toward a peaceful community.” The Spiritual Diversity Conference is the first in a series of events at COCC focusing on a Season of Nonviolence.