Schedule an Interfaith Panel Listed below are the titles of the various interfaith panel topics which ING offers along with a brief description. To schedule a panel, click on a ‘Schedule’ button and select your panel. Please allow two weeks advance notice for scheduling, and at least 60 minutes for a panel to allow time for questions and answers. If your request is less than two weeks away or if you have questions about our online scheduling system, please feel free to contact us at 408-296-7312 extension 160 or email [email protected]. Living the Faith How do adherents of different religions live out their beliefs, practices, and values in the busy lives they lead in the contemporary world? Representatives of major world religions in this panel discussion begin with a brief introduction of their beliefs and practices before answering the question of how they live out their faith. They specifically draw on their understanding and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay region. (60 – 120 minutes) Shared Values Among Faiths Religions and cultures differ, but all the major world religions share key values. In this panel discussion, representatives of major world religions will offer a brief overview of their beliefs and practices and discuss the human and ethical values they share with one another. Through this discussion they will demonstrate that, despite profound differences of belief and practice, all their traditions promote common values that are vitally important today. (60 – 120 minutes) Religion and Pluralism How do different religions view the beliefs and practices of other traditions? Is adherence to one religious tradition compatible with respect for the many other religious traditions and convictions in our world? In this panel discussion, representatives of major world religions will begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before addressing these questions and explaining how each of their traditions is able to adhere to its convictions while taking a positive and respectful stance toward the diverse beliefs of others. (60 – 120 minutes) Religion and Extremism Various forms of fundamentalism and extremism pose a problem in all religious traditions and communities. In this panel presentation, panelists representing major world religions will begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices and then discuss the forms that extremism and fundamentalism take in their traditions and how their communities meet the challenge posed by such distortions of their beliefs. (60 – 120 minutes) The Abrahamic Faiths Three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—are considered “Abrahamic,” because they all consider themselves to be derived from the figure of Abraham, described in both the Bible and the Qur’an as the founder of monotheism. The three faiths share much in common, including belief in One God, similar ethical teachings, and origin in the Middle East. Nonetheless, their histories have been marked at least as much by conflict as by peaceful co-existence. In the panel, adherents of these three faiths discuss their similarities and differences and show how these religions are now working towards a common vision of peace and cooperation. (60 – 120 minutes) Women and Religion In history, religions have sometimes promoted and sometimes limited the rights and power of women. In this panel, adherents of major world religions discuss the ways that their faith has impacted and does impact women both negatively and positively and how religion can affirm and support women as they seek equality and freedom. (60 – 120 minutes) Peacemaking in Religion Religions generally declare themselves as valuing and promoting peace, but in history religion has often been enlisted to support wars. In this panel, adherents of major world religions discuss the resources for peacemaking found in the traditions and teaching of their faith and discuss how religion can contribute to peace in the world. (60 – 120 minutes) Religion—What Is It Good For? The idea that religion is obsolete and incompatible with science and that society would be better off without it has now become widespread. In this panel, adherents of major world religions respond to this challenge, showing how their faith can fruitfully embrace contemporary concerns and insights and contribute to human betterment. (60 – 120 minutes) Religion and Environmental Concerns Environmental degradation and climate change have become major global concerns that threaten our existence on this planet as we know it. In this panel presentation, panelists representing major world religions will begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before discussing their religion’s teachings about conservation and environmental preservation. While environmental issues are a new concern in the form they present themselves today, religious traditions have long addressed the question of how humanity relates to and interacts with the environment. (60 – 120 minutes) Religious Holidays Most religions observe special days to celebrate aspects of their teaching, history, or values. In this panel, adherents of major world religions discuss how some of the holy days of their tradition are celebrated and what meaning they have for the individuals and communities who take part in them. (60 – 120 minutes) Separation of Church and State The relations between religious institutions and state power have been a source of controversy and conflict throughout human history. In this panel discussion, representatives of five major world religions begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before discussing different ways that their religious community has interacted with the state in history and today. (60 – 120 minutes) Muslim-Jewish Relations in the U.S. – Living in the Shadow of the Middle East Conflict This panel aims at shifting Muslim-Jewish American conversations away from the Middle East conflict towards common interests as Americans, addressing topics such as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and the challenge of maintaining a religious identity as two of the largest religious minorities in the country. (55 minutes) Bullying Prevention and Education: Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish Students This panel for middle and high schools give students an understanding of some of their peers from minority groups who are harassed 50% more often than others. The panel provides an overview of Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish cultures, and highlights the consequences of bullying and the importance of working together to prevent bullying. This panel is available for assemblies only. (60-120 minutes) Custom Panel This panel allows you to pick a specific focus that is not included above. Once you select this panel, we will contact you to discuss the details of your custom panel.