ILF 2022 | 3rd Forum

3rd ILF

About the Event:

This program will explore the nature of global nationalism and its specific manifestation in the U.S. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, who has been studying this trend for over thirty years. Dr. Juergensmeyer’s remarks will be followed by a panel of diverse faith leaders sharing their views on building interfaith solidarity to resist the White Supremacist Christian ideology threatening our nation. There will also be small group break-out sessions for interpersonal dialogue. This program is a forum for people of faith to learn, become activated, and feel equipped to respond together effectively.

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Purpose Statement:

Religious nationalism is on the rise worldwide. In the U.S., it has primarily taken the form of White Christian Nationalism: the affiliation of being White and Christian with belonging and mattering in this country. Our program will explore the nature of global nationalism and its specific manifestation in the U.S. We will hear from an expert who has been studying this trend for over thirty years, followed by a panel of diverse faith leaders who will share their views on building interfaith solidarity to resist the White Supremacist Christian ideology threatening our nation. This program is a forum for people of faith to learn, become activated, and feel equipped to respond together effectively.

Program Outline:

Opening Remarks

Rev. David Lindsey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFC)

Keynote

“The Capitol Insurrection and the Global Rise of Religious Nationalism”

Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer – Founding Director of the Orfalea Center of Global and International Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara

 

Panel PresentationsModerated by Rev. David Lindsey, IFC

“The Interfaith Imperative”

Rabbi Jack Moline – President, Interfaith Alliance

“Doctrine of Discover, Manifest Destiny and Christian Nationalism: Nothing New.”

Charles Watson Jr. – Director of Education, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

“The Pro-Democracy Faith Movement”

Maggie Siddiqi – Senior Director, Religion and Faith, Center for American Progress

“Religious Liberty and the Shortfall of Advocacy”

Simran Singh – Vice Chairman, IRF (International Religious Freedom) Secretariat

 

Breakout Session

• Main Points – A summary by the panelist

• Discussion round – Introduction and reflection by each participant

• Action item round – Action item proposals by each participant

 

Closing Session

Moderated by Rev. David Lindsey

• Reporting of breakout sessions

• Closing remarks

IFCMWRumi Forum presents this event as a collaborating partner of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFCMW) during the 3rd Annual World Interfaith Harmony Week in the DMV. We are glad that this session of our monthly Scriptural Reasoning program coincides with the annual worldwide observance during the month of February 2022.

The Forum would like to thank our sponsor DC Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs.