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Building Bridges: Naming and Negotiating Differences

  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Date: Monday, Jan. 8
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Tuition: Free
Enrollment: Open
Register By: Jan. 4

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The SoL Center of San Antonio is privileged to partner with DreamWeek. As described by its organizers, DreamWeek seeks “to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity to create a platform where persons across cultures and communities can discuss and exchange ideas, and foster enlightenment for the greater human experience”  (DWSA2018 Brand Guide, pg. 3). DreamWeek coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance day. In the spirit of creative dialogue, SoL presents two panel discussions about bridge building across differences, community development, and the common good. Panelists’ conversations will be followed by a Q&A time. Please also plan to attend the reception between the two panels.

The two panels will explore Building Bridges and feature representatives from the City, the media, academia, and the non-profit community. The first panel tackles economic and socio-cultural divides. The second panel addresses religious differences. Panelists bring decades of experience in working to build bridges in San Antonio, and in naming challenges that seem to be embedded in the fabric of our community. How are we doing in negotiating our differences, promoting equality for all, and working for the common good? Be part of the conversation. Share your thoughts and ideas with panelists and participants. Gain a solid understanding of how our challenges are being addressed and how you can contribute to solutions. Learn about the many organizations involved in making a real difference in San Antonio from interfaith to non-profits, from businesses to civic initiatives.

4-6 p.m.— Economic and Socio-Cultural Divides

Kiran Kaur Bains is Chief Equity Officer for the City of San Antonio, where she leads a citywide strategy to advance equity in all functions of local government.

Patton Dodd, Ph.D., is Editor in Chief at Folo Media, a nonprofit newsroom focused on vulnerable communities in San Antonio.

Christine Drennon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department and Director of Urban Studies at Trinity University.

Doshie Piper, Ph.D., (Moderator) is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at University of the Incarnate Word, with a focus on re-entry and community corrections processes.

Graciela Sanchez is Director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Esperanza is a community-based cultural arts/social justice organization.

6-7 p.m. – SoL Center Reception 

7-9 p.m. – Religious Differences

Rev. D. Leslie Hollon, Ph.D., is Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, a growing multi-generational Christian congregation involved in diverse ministries that help seekers to become believers and believers to become disciples.

Imam Omar Adib Shakir is resident Imam at Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah, a fully functioning Islamic religious institution, a model community, that serves the needs of its members in the fullest sense, not leaving out anything of value.

Ronit Sherwin is CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. The coordinating and convening body dedicated to building Jewish community, the JFSA seeks to perpetuate the values, practices, and religious traditions that enrich Jewish life.

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