Perhaps more than any in recent memory, the 2020 U.S. election has meaning for Americans of many faiths.
Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other speakers will discuss the election and going forward as part of “2020 Election: What the Results Mean for America’s Faith Groups,” an interfaith conference sponsored by Fresno Pacific University, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Fresno State Muslim Student Association, Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society and Neighborly Faith.
Among the variety of events for students, faculty and staff will be two for the general public:
Thursday, November 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Micah Fries – “Why Can’t We Be Friends? A plea for civility in a fractured world”
Micah Fries is an influential evangelical leader and speaker who has done trailblazing work to promote friendships between Christians, Muslims and Jews. He is co-author of Islam in North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors (2018) and served as a senior pastor in Tennessee and Missouri as well as director of ministry development at Lifeway Christian Resources.
Friday, November 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Speaker Panel – “The 2020 election: What the results mean for America’s faith groups”
Now that election season is drawing to a close, where do Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and others go from here? This dynamic panel discussion will shed light on the impact of our nation’s divisive political events on these faith communities and some of the hopes and challenges they face moving forward. Featuring speakers Micah Fries; Imam John Ederer, religious director of the Muslim Community Center in Charlotte, NC; Kiran Kaur Gill, executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, Ed.D., director of clinical education at the Hebrew Union-College Jewish Institute of Religion.
Both events are free, but registration is required for either or both sessions. Attendees will receive a link upon registration.
Fresno Pacific University is California’s Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, connecting every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. Nonprofit and independent, FPU offers more than 100 areas of study to about 4,000 traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, graduate and seminary students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and throughout the Valley at regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online.