Interfaith Leaders in Denver Tackle Political Divisions

This evening in Denver, the Interfaith Alliance is hosting a panel discussion of diverse, well-known faith leaders to wrestle with the bitter political, religious and cultural divisions we’re all dealing with in the U.S. and Colorado.

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Rev. Michael Hidalgo from the Denver Community Church, an evangelical congregation in Capitol Hill that is hosting the event, says the panel will feature members of local Christians, Jewish and Muslim communities.

“We’re recognizing many people feel an irreparable split because we just seem to, as a culture, be unable to have civil public conversations anymore.”

Rev. Hidalgo says the diversity of debated issues is contributing to the complexity and frequency of widespread conflict.

“The uniqueness of this division is it’s not just over one important conversation or over one issue… while the issues causing the divisions are unique, the pain that the division is causing is the same. We believe that if we come together, lament and share that pain that that pain is something that can bring us together.”

Event Details:

 
WHY: Discuss political and religious differences, conflicts and pain – to determine if there’s a path to heal our divides, tone down the rhetoric and build a cohesive public life
 
WHO: Interfaith Alliance Colorado
  • Moderator: Rev. Amanda Henderson, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Young, Denver Seminary president (Evangelical)
  • Rabbi Bruce Dollin, Hebrew Education Alliance (Largest conservative synagogue in Colorado)
  • Nabeeh Hassan: Muslim Community Council
  • Rev. Dr. Jennifer Leathe, Campbell Chapel AME 
  • Rev. Dr. Tom Wolfe, Iliff School of Theology president and CEO (Methodist)
  • Sister Marian Weinzapfel, Catholic order
WHEN: Mon., Jan. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 
WHERE: Denver Community Church, 1595 Pearl St., Denver, CO 80203