On March 30, 2023, Rumi Forum and the Braver Angels D.C. Project organized a special America’s Public Forum event on interfaith alignments, intrafaith divisions, and the experiences of religious communities in American polarization in our time.
Discussants were Rich Tafel, Minister of the Church of the Holy City in downtown Washington, D.C., and Ibrahim Anli, Executive Director of Rumi Forum. Between their interfaith and pastoral and intellectual work, they brought decades’ worth of experience to questions of the place of religion in American public life amid all the divides of the recent past. Luke Nathan Phillips of Braver Angels hosted a conversation with them examining the ongoing divides in and between religious communities, the lasting common ground and prospects for new bridges among them, and the ways religious communities’ navigation of these divisions might inform approaches to American polarization as a whole.
Following the conversation, including audience Q&A, participants joined an Iftar dinner courtesy of the Rumi Forum. The event took place at the Friends Meeting of Washington, DC.