Recent Supreme Court decisions about abortion and prayer in schools have elicited varied responses from different religious communities. This panel features representatives of the five major world religions providing perspectives from their religious traditions as they relate to these topics as well as how their respective communities have responded, been impacted, or have concerns about their impact.
The following topics are delivered by interreligious panels that consist of representatives of the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu American communities. Listed below are the titles of the various panel topics which ING offers along with a brief description. Panels are available in one-to-two-hour formats.
To schedule a panel, complete the form at the bottom of this page. 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].
Interreligious Responses to Recent SCOTUS Decisions on Abortion and Prayer in Schools
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? In this panel discussion, representatives of the major world religions begin with a brief introduction of their beliefs and practices before describing how they live their faith. They specifically draw on their understanding and experiences living in America today.
Shared Values Among Faiths
Religions and cultures differ, but all the major world religions share key values. In this panel discussion, representatives of the major world religions 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 in beliefs and practices, all their traditions promote common values that are critically important today.
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 the major world religions begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before addressing these questions and explaining how they adhere to their religious convictions while taking a positive and respectful stance toward the diverse beliefs and practices of others.
Religion and Extremism
Various forms of extremism pose a problem in all religious traditions and communities. In this panel discussion representatives of the major world religions begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before discussing the various forms that extremism takes in their communities and how they meet the challenge posed by such distortions of their beliefs.
The Abrahamic Faiths
Three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—are considered “Abrahamic” faiths because they consider themselves to be descendants of Abraham, described in both the Bible and the Quran as the founder of monotheism. This panel discusses the similarities and differences between these three faiths and the ways in which their religious practices impact their lives.
Women and Religion
Religions have sometimes promoted and sometimes limited the rights and power of women. In this panel, representatives of the major world religions discuss the ways that their faiths have impacted and continue to impact women both negatively and positively and how religion can affirm and support women as they seek equality and freedom.
Peacemaking in Religion
Although religions promote peace, religion has often been enlisted to support wars. In this panel, representatives of the major world religions discuss teachings which support peacemaking from their faith traditions and how religion can contribute to peace in the world.
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, representatives of the major world religions respond to this critique and demonstrate how their faith can address contemporary concerns and challenges and contribute to human betterment.
Religion and Environmental Concerns
While environmental issues are a new concern in the forms they present themselves today, religious traditions have long addressed the question of how humanity relates to and interacts with the environment. Environmental degradation and climate change have now become major global concerns that threaten our very existence on this planet. In this panel, representatives of the major world religions begin with a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before discussing their religion’s teachings about conservation and environmental preservation.
Most religions observe special days to celebrate aspects of their teachings, history, or values. In this panel, representatives of the major world religions discuss how their holy days are celebrated and their significance for the individuals and communities who take part in them.
Separation of Church and State
Relations between religious institutions and state power have been a source of controversy and conflict throughout human history. In this panel discussion, representatives of the five major world religions provide a brief overview of their beliefs and practices before discussing diverse ways that their religious community has interacted with the state both historically and today.
Muslim-Jewish Relations in the U.S. – Living in the Shadow of the Middle East Conflict
This panel moves Muslim-Jewish American conversations past the Middle East conflict towards common interests we share 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 United States.
If you are looking for a topic that is not included above, you may request a custom panel. After you make this selection, we will contact you to discuss the details of your custom panel. To schedule, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Diversity Training for Professional Groups
ING provides diversity training that can be included in your long-term DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) programs in your organization. Our trainings are specifically tailored for the following professional groups:
Educators in K-12, educators in colleges and universities, corporate staff, law enforcement personnel, healthcare providers, dentists, government employees, court administrators, and non-profit organizations. Click here for more information.