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June 24, 2024 Leading Faithfully in a Time of Division: A Virtual Retreat for Religious Leaders

  • Date
  • time Eastern Time
  • location Zoom
  • cost $99
  • organizer Hebrew College Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership
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Featured speakers at the June 24 event

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As spiritual and ethical leaders – clergy, educators, organizers, etc. – we are challenged in this moment to respond thoughtfully to the dangerous divisions in our society. Please join us on June 24 for a timely exploration of how we might engage authentically and empathically in the shared labor of mending our beloved nation. Knowing how busy you are with work and life, please feel free to join for whatever fits your schedule – scroll below for the full schedule. We will be enriched by your presence and insights.

If you have any questions, please email We are honored to be co-sponsoring this event with Interfaith America.


Rabbi Or Rose & Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, Hebrew College

E pluribus unum—Out of many, one!”


11:00-11:05 a.m.
Rabbi Or Rose

11:05-11:10 a.m.
Retreat Overview

Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

11:10-11:15 a.m.
Morning Intention

Rev. Hope Christensen

A Compassion Meditation: Turning Inward to Turn Outward 
Acharya Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Beloved Community Today?: The Challenges & Promise of Interdependence
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor
Moderator: Rabbi Or Rose

12:15-12:45 p.m.
Disagreeing Honorably: Practicing What We Preach
Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break 

1:30-1:40 p.m.
Afternoon Intention: “We are waves in the ocean. We are beads on a thread.”
Simran Jeet Singh (recorded)

1:45-2:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Navigating Personal, Communal, and Denominational Tensions 
Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond & Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond
Moderator: Rev. Tom Reid

2:45-3:00 p.m.
Embodied Intention
Simran Stuelpnagel

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Pastoring a House Divided: A Conversation with the Chaplain to the US House of Representatives Reverend Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben
Respondent: Rabbi Jack Moline
Moderator: Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

3:45-4:00 p.m.
Musical Interlude
Video: Mira Awad & Achinoam Nini (Noah), December 20, 2023, Berlin

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Collegiality & Friendships in the Face of Crisis: Jewish-Muslim Engagement Since October 7th
Dr. Celene Ibrahim & Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Moderator: Jon M. Sweeney

4:45-4:50 p.m.

4:50-5:20 p.m.
Seeing Through One Another’s Lenses: A Photographic Exercise 
Winnie Rugamba and Dr. Roman Williams

5:20-5:30 p.m.
We Must Build Together: Repairing Our Fractured Society 
Dr. Eboo Patel (video)

5:30-5:50 p.m.
“Onward!”: A Communal Conversation 
Facilitator: Terry Rosenberg   

5:50-5:55 p.m.
Evening Intention 
Rev. Dr. Suzan D. Johnson-Cook (video)

5:55-6:00 p.m.
Thank You & Farewell 

Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

Featured speakers, teachers, and facilitators

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
President, Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Rev. Hope Christensen
Co-founder, Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence, Assisting Priest, Christ Episcopal Church, Kensington, MD

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond
Co-founding pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA

Dr. Celene Ibrahim
Islamic scholar, educator, author, Women and Gender in the Qur’an

Reverend Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben
Chaplain, United States House of Representatives

Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren
Dean of faculty, Center for Action and Contemplation, author, The Great Spiritual Migration

Rabbi Jack Moline
President emeritus, Interfaith Alliance, retired congregational rabbi

Rev.Tom Reid
Pastor, Newton Presbyterian Church, Newton MA

Rabbi Or Rose
Founding director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership, Hebrew College

Terry Rosenberg
Institute for Synagogue Studies

Winnie Rugamba
Research Project Manager, Essential Partners

Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck
Visiting scholar of Christianity and religious leadership, Hebrew College, author, Costly Grace

Acharya Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown
Co-founding professor emerita, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

Jon M. Sweeney
Author, Thomas Merton: An Introduction to his Life, Teachings, and Practices

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor
President, Sojourners, author, The Beloved Community

Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond
Co-founding pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA

Simran Stuelpnagel
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund board member, management consultant

Dr. Roman Williams
Founder, Interfaith Photovoice


Rev. Dr. Suzan D. Johnson-Cook
Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Dr. Eboo Patel
Founding president, Interfaith America, author, We Need to Build

Simran Jeet Singh
Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program, author, The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life

Fee & Financial Aid

Registration fee: $99.
Financial Aid Available: Please contact


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Featured speakers at the June 24 event