Identity: God’s Gift, Human Uses/Abuses & Religions’ Challenges

Do Our Faiths Raise Problems Or Give Guidance?

Spring Interfaith Dialogue Conference

Sunday, April 28, 2019

“Identity” asks who we are, to what and to whom we belong, and how we are to regard others. Identity influences politics, racial attitudes, gender choices, attitudes toward rich and poor, immigrants and citizens, and religious views. Please join us as our presenters, Sheikh Mohammed Elshinawy, Rabbi Michael Singer and Dr. James D. Jackson, combine their knowledgeable leadership in their respective faith communities to begin deeper conversations and develop activities that will reflect God’s gifts of justice and mercy.

Formerly called “Christians and Muslims Talking Together”, our new title “Interfaith Dialogue” signals that the series includes Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives. Naturally, we cheerfully encourage all communities to join in the Conference. 

This conference is brought to you by Respect Graduate School, Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem Interfaith Group, the Lehigh Dialogue Center, and the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding.


Identity: God’s Gift, Human Uses/Abuses & Religions’ Challenges.
Do Our Faiths Raise Problems Or Give Guidance?
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18017
Cost: $10.00 Suggested Donation (Light Supper Included)
Contact Hours: 4


2:00-2:25 – Registration and Circulation
2:30-2:45 – Opening, Welcome, Introductions
2:45-4:00 – Speaker Presentations by Rabbi Singer, Dr. Jackson, and Sheikh Mohammad Elshinawy
4:00-4:05 – Break
4:05-4:30 – Q&A with Speakers
4:35-5:05 – Prayer, Dinner, Discussion (*Dinner will be Halal/Kosher with salads and vegetarian fare)
5:10-5:20 – Recognition of Community and Inter-Religious Leader – Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, Executive Director of Muhlenberg College’s Institute for                              Jewish-Christian Understanding
5:20-6:00 – Panel Exchanges and Audience Reflections, Suggestions
6:00-6:15 – Summary and Projections for Future Dialogues


Muhammad Said Selmanlar and Dr. Walter Wagner
Our Presenters:

Michael Singer – Rabbi, Congregation Brith Sholom 

James Jackson – Kutztown University Faculty, Pastor Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, Harrisburg 

Mohammad Elshinawy – Islamic Education Center, PA, and Imam of Jesus Son of Mary Mosque