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Rev. Rob Schenck Miller Center Hopes to Leave an Impact at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago (August 14-18)

By Joshua Polanski

The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College helped initiate dialogue and change at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, Illinois, which featured a gathering of approximately 10,000 people from all around the world.

Reverend Dr. Rob Schenck, Visiting Scholar of Christianity & Religious Leadership at Hebrew College, helped lead a panel titled “Embracing the Other in Unwelcoming Times: Examples of Interfaith Pioneers” alongside Rabbi Morris Zimbalist, Ori Z. Soltes, and Rev. Don Rooney. (Schenck is pictured second from the right in the above image.)

Rev. Rob Schenck, PhD

Vicarious action is expressed…in concrete Christian advocacy and protection for Muslims who wish to build a mosque, or of Sikhs who have been attacked at their temple, or Jews who have been menaced by neo-Nazis carrying tiki torches. Responsible love is demonstrated in the affirmation of every religious adherent’s human rights, a humble appreciation for what the other may know that the Christian doesn’t know or can’t know, or a celebration of what the Christian and the other share in common.

Additionally, Rev. Tom Reid, Director of the BILI Launchpad Fellowship, and Joshua Polanski, Hebrew College’s Marketing Communications Manager, presented on the Miller Center’s Building Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI) Launchpad Fellowship. The primary goals of the discussion were to share insights from the fellowship program in cultivating interreligious and intercultural student leadership development, including BILI Online, a digital interreligious curriculum and resource bank for leadership development; to invite new institutional partners into collaboration and resource development; and receive feedback about the programmatic model.

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