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Saturday, February 20
 

3:45pm EST

Deepening With Yoga: Understanding Lineage and Avoiding Appropriation
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Preeta Banerjee - Tufts University
This session will focus on honoring and appreciating yoga in an intersectional interfaith context. Attendees can expect to gain the following: 1) deepening one's understanding of Yoga 2) exploring multiple paths of appreciation and engagement 3) discerning what is appropriation versus alignment.
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Preeta Banerjee, PhD is the first Hindu chaplain at Tufts University. She has been a spiritual companion who draws on a broad and deep range of experience, having spent over 20 years in academia, coaching and consulting as an advocate, educator, researcher, and author. She is a strong voice for combining spirituality, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and social change. Her passion lies in creating brave spaces at the intersection of contemplation, activism and healing and deepening in spiritually fluid ways, from a lens rooted in bhakti, gyan, karma, and raj yog, including her work as a founding board member of the North American Hindu Chaplains Association; Vice Chair of the Mystic Soul Project; and mentor of the Miller Center's Dignity Project at Hebrew College. She has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Wharton School and B.S. in Computational Biology and Business from Carnegie Mellon.

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Preeta Banerjee

Preeta Banerjee, PhD is the first Hindu chaplain at Tufts University. She has been a spiritual companion who draws on a broad and deep range of experience, having spent over 20 years in academia, coaching and consulting as an advocate, educator, researcher, and author. She is a strong... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom

3:45pm EST

In God We Trust: A Discussion on the American Narrative of Christian Supremacy and White Nationalism
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Allison Blackwell
This session will discuss the various chapters of the longstanding, though often unacknowledged, narrative of Christian supremacy in America. We will start with a brief exploration of historical Christian supremacy, focus-in on Christian supremacy’s relationship to white supremacy and Christian extremism, and then move into a discussion on modern day white nationalism, especially as evidenced in the attack on the Capitol on January 6th. This session will demonstrate the historical privilege that white Protestant Christians have held throughout American history, explore some of the ways in which our societal narratives discriminate against other religions and spiritualities, and highlight the various tools individuals may use in approaching difficult conversations surrounding these topics. In order to effectively challenge white supremacy and nationalism, we must first understand it; the basis of that comprehension is what I hope to provide in this session. This discussion will be built around education, conversation, and reflection, but if you would like to take notes please bring a writing utensil and paper. No background knowledge in this subject is necessary.



Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom

3:45pm EST

Inclusive Leadership: A Key to Success
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Nelson Ysabel - Elon Center for Leadership
Let's extend our definitions of what it means to be a leader or demonstrate good leadership to be inclusive and empowering of diversity. This session will explore how to go beyond visual diversity and empower and celebrate the diversity of our communities through a leadership lens. Attendees can expect to learn about bridging gaps between identities and redefining leadership to be inclusive of various identities. 

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom

3:45pm EST

Judaism & Islam Lunch and Learn: Intersectionality and the Nuances of Identity
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Naijla Faizi & Gail Bretan
Join us to learn more about our Weekly Judaism and Islam 101 Lunch & Learn series. In our series, we delve into a variety of topics such as Social Justice from a Jewish and Muslim lens, including about Women's Rights in our faiths, their leadership opportunities, LGBTQ+ Jews and Muslims, how they're treated, charity and socio-economic injustices, etc. We believe it's important to educate our participants about the depth and breadth of our faith traditions, showing that we have diverse practitioners and a multitude of different interpretations. We rely on personal storytelling and sharing our narratives with others to create a welcoming space for folks to ask questions that they otherwise wouldn't know when or whom to ask. No background knowledge or materials needed.

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom

3:45pm EST

Lessons from a Decolonizing Christian
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Kaitlin Curtice - Author
Decolonizing faith is a lesson for everyone, and Kaitlin is sharing her journey in this session. She will help attendees better understand what it means to be a person who is decolonizing faith.
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Kaitlin Curtice is a poet, author and public speaker. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and decolonization within the church.
Her new book NATIVE: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her identity both informs and challenges her faith. Kaitlin travels around the country speaking on faith and justice within the church as it relates to Indigenous peoples. She has been a featured speaker at Why Christian, Evolving Faith, The Revolutionary Love Conference, The Festival of Faith and Writing, and more.

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Kaitlin Curtice

Kaitlin Curtice is a poet, author and public speaker. As an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and decolonization within the church.Her... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
Zoom

3:45pm EST

Perspectives on Spiritual Practice for Social Justice
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One goal of successful interfaith engagement is coming together for collective action and social justice in response to the systemic marginalization that many different identities experience. This collective work is emotionally and spiritually exhausting, often involving intersecting identities, as well as primary and secondary trauma. This session will share different perspectives on why spiritual practice (broadly defined, religious and nonreligious) is important for social justice work with concrete examples from different traditions. Presenters include:

Sensei Alex Kakuyo is a Buddhist Teacher and Breathwork Facilitator. He is the author of Perfectly Ordinary: Buddhist Teaching for Everyday Life.

Joel Harter is a Christian chaplain with a Buddhist-informed mindfulness practice and advisor for Elon Yoga Club and Iron Tree Blooming Meditation Club.

Lara Struckman is a trauma informed yoga and meditation instructor who guides others back to their natural rhythms and cycles of ease and resilience. She also practices a feminine earth-based spirituality with an emphasis on collective healing.

Imam Shane Atkinson is a Muslim Chaplain and student of Sufi Meditation who serves as an advisor for Elon Muslim Society. Shane is the founder of the Southern Hospitality Islamic Collective.

Hannah Podhorzer is a 2019 graduate of Elon University, where she had the joy of working for The Truitt Center and The Ripple Conference for three years. Hannah grew up Reconstructionist Jewish and enjoys learning about other traditions, cultures, and worldviews.



Saturday February 20, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EST
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