The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute and The Guibord Center will host a diverse panel of faith leaders for a convening and dialogue to improve religious literacy, emphasize the value of pluralism, dispel stereotypes and combat the rising tide of bigotry and religious persecution.

The second in Crossroads School’s recently established Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series, the event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads’ Norton Campus, in the Community Room (1634 18th St., Santa Monica).

“The Equity & Justice Institute is honored to partner with The Guibord Center to host this event,” says Derric J. Johnson, founding director of the Institute. “At a time when civil liberties and civil discourse are being challenged, it is more important than ever to foster safe havens for segregated communities to interface and converse to effect positive change. I believe the interfaith convening and dialogue on Nov. 13 will provide just that opportunity.”

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online here.

The evening will feature keynote remarks by the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, founder and president of The Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out; former officer for ecumenical and interreligious concerns for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles; and former president of the Interreligious Council of Southern California, the California Council of Churches, the national board of the Interfaith Alliance and Progressive Christians Uniting.

Panelists will include:

  • Rev. Edward Anderson, M.Div, M.A., senior pastor of McCarty Memorial Christian Church; and California co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds, founder of The Jewish Center for Justice; and West Coast legislative director for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
  • Tasneem Noor, program co-director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change; and interfaith minister in residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Sable Manson, assistant director for student leadership and development at University of Southern California’s Joint Educational Project; and interfaith minister in residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
  • Mustafa Zeno, an LA-based Muslim-American filmmaker-photographer; co-producer of the PBS documentary “Dalya’s Other Country”; and teacher of Arabic and film at YULA, an Orthodox Jewish high school.
  • Eliana Kaya, a veteran journalist, community organizer, media consultant and interfaith activist.

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series was established to help stimulate dialogue among students, educators and community leaders committed to tackling the problems of racism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution, genocide and other forms of injustice. The lecture series is an initiative of Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, which supports educational causes in a broad spectrum of institutions and through a wide variety of avenues: academic, public policy, community-based, social and artistic programs in the United States and Israel.

About Crossroads

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is a K-12, coed college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California. Crossroads was founded upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic and racial diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential. One in four students receives financial assistance. The School is highly acclaimed for its programs and is a leader in public/private educational partnerships.

Submitted by Sara Ring, Crossroads Director of Communications

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