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WorldDenver International Dialogue

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Religious Pluralism and Countering Violent Extremism In the United States

The Abrahamic Initiative and WorldDenver will welcome an interfaith delegation of visitors from the Republic of Georgia who are meeting with a variety of U.S. citizens under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. This is the second delegation to visit Denver and the Cathedral since September.

Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral

1350 Washington Street, Denver

Program:

3:00 Opening remarks by Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Reverend Richard Lawson

Welcome by Daniel Wieneke, WorldDenver

Abrahamic Initiative introduction, Gregory Movesian

3:25 Questions/topics to be addressed by participants, moderated by Gregory Movesian

  • The role of interfaith cooperation in addressing community and social issues
  • The role of religious organizations and academic institutions in teaching tolerance and cooperation between faith traditions
  • Challenges to interfaith relations
  • The importance of engaging young people in community and social issues through education, economic opportunity and civic participation
  • The integration of minority populations in the larger civic community

4:30 General Q&A

4:55 Wrap up and closing notes

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS from Georgia

Ms. Hurie ABASHIDZE, Book Reading Program Manager, Union of Georgian Muslims

Ms. Hurie Abashidze has been active in community engagement activities in her hometown region of Adjara from a young age. In her current role as Book Reading Manager with the Union of Georgian Muslims, Ms. Abashidze oversees the activities of a book reading club and encourages Muslim girls to participate in volunteer educational and service learning opportunities. She is currently working towards her masters in psychology. During her IVLP, Ms. Abashidze hopes to gain new ideas for developing programming for Adjara’s Muslim community, with a particular focus on youth and women. Mr. Malkhaz CHKADUA, Manager of Regional Offices, Transparency International - Georgia

Mr. Malkhaz CHKADUA, Manager of Regional Offices, Transparency International - Georgia

Mr. Malkhaz Chkadua is a regional leader for the international anti-corruption nongovernmental organization Transparency International. In addition to his responsibilities of managing the regional office, Mr. Chkadua conducts trainings, crafts blog posts, and conducts surveys and research. Mr. Chkadua also regularly holds public lectures on the topic of democracy, national identity, and religion and the state at venues such as the American Corner in Adjara. Through his IVLP experience, Mr. Chkadua plans to refine his monitoring of public policy and outreach efforts.

Ms. Tsiala KATAMIDZE, Regional Manager, Public Defender’s Office, Adjara

Ms. Tsiala Katamidze was appointed as head of the Adjara division of the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia in 2016. Since her appointment, she has worked on various issues ranging from the problems of eco-migrants migrating for economic or ecological reasons such as the deterioration of land quality to religious issues. As the regional Public Defender’s Office representative, Ms. Katamidze is tasked with the formulation of the office’s policies and public outreach campaigns concerning the Muslim population of Adjara. In this capacity she works with a diversity of stakeholders from the government and civil society. Mr. Oktai KAZUMOV, Research Fellow, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Ms. Sophie SHAMANIDI, Advisor to the President of Georgia, Georgian Presidential Administration Ms. Sophie SHAMANIDI, Advisor to the President of Georgia, Georgian Presidential Administration

As a religious leader and academic, Mr. Oktai Kazumov has experience working with senior leaders of the government and the religious community across Georgia. He currently works on issues of the literary magazine of the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Rustvelology. Through his participation in the IVLP, Mr. Kazumov hopes to broaden his understanding of religious liberty clauses in the U.S. Constitution and the legal relationship between religion and government in the United States. He also hopes to observe examples of collaboration on public policy among governmental, religious, and civic organizations.



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The Sultan and the Saint Film

A True Story of Muslim-Christian Peacemaking

The Franciscan Action Network, a national Catholic group, aims to organize 500 viewing parties on the night of December 26th along with the broadcast. You can participate!

To host a viewing party at your home, church or mosque visit:

www.SultanAndTheSaintFilm.com/viewing-parties

The Saint and The Sultan Trailer: Click here.

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Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck Dinner and Dialogue

Co-Sponsored By:

Join us as we kick off our new season of Monthly Dialogue Events

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80203

Please join us for a vegitarian potluck dinner and dialogue. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for table assignments.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 followed by the dialogue. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Please hold these dates for upcoming monthly dialogues: January 23rd, February 27th, March 27th, April 24th and May 22rd

At these dialogue events we will:

  • Encourage an atmosphere of mutual trust and open sharing.
  • Foster mutually beneficial and inspiring relationships.
  • Create a foundation for further collaboration and interaction.

Free attendance – All are welcome

Please RSVP to info@abrahamicinitiative.com

We need your RSVP for table setup.

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2017 Everding Distinguished Lectureship Program

Dr. Tinyiko Maluleke, a Professor of Theology at the University of Pretoria, is a leading South African theologian. He has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals as well as dozens of opinion pieces on the critical social, political and religious issues of our time.

Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington Street Denver, CO 80231

Free of charge and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm Presentation by Dr. Maluleke: I Am Prepared to Die - Nelson Mandela and the Practice of Hope and Integrity

What kept Nelson Mandela hopeful and energetic all through the dark days of the struggle against Apartheid? Where did Mandela learn the spiritual tenacity that kept him sane, hopeful and forgiving while in prison for 27 years? Where and how did he learn not to be consumed by rancor and the spirit of revenge, both during but also after his incarceration? The answer to these and similar questions lie as much in his spiritual philosophy as it did in his political philosophy. This lecture will examine the shape and form of the spirituality that nurtured and sustained Nelson Mandela - something we tentatively call an Afro-Christian spirituality. We shall also explore the possible relevance of elements of this spirituality for the USA.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00pm Presentation by Dr. Maluleke: Desmond Tutu and The Quest for Racial Forgiveness in South Africa and the USA

There is overwhelming evidence that when Desmond Tutu accepted the role of chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it was for him much more than the acceptance of a presidential appointment. He saw it as an opportunity to ritualize, exemplify and advocate the power of forgiveness and reconciliation in the building of nation and community. This lecture will explore the sources and main tenets of Desmond Tutu’s theology of forgiveness. Of particular interest will be the implications of Tutu’s theology for race and gender relations in South Africa and the USA today.

The Everding Distinguished Lectureship Program:

Established through a gift from Prof. H. Edward and Lee Palmer Everding, this endowed lectureship is a project of the Iliff School of Theology and Saint John’s Cathedral aimed at enhancing interfaith dialogue and inter-religious learning throughout the community through annual lectures from outstanding visiting teachers.

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