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Spirit One – Coming Together as One

ABOUT SPIRIT1

First Church, Congregational, 1652  has partnered with the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center to host “Spir1t One: How Christians and Muslims Flourish Together In These Times.” This conference will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 27, at the Muslim Center and Saturday, Oct. 28, at First Church in Farmington. Internationally known speakers from both faiths will keynote the gathering, with workshops on specific topics providing opportunity for conversation and learning among Christians and Muslims.

This conference is supported by the George and Beatrice Jones Baldwin Memorial Fund of the Connecticut Conference, UCC

DATES & LOCATIONS

October 27 – Friday, 7 to 9 pm
Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
35 Harris Road, Avon, CT 06001

October 28 – Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm
The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652
75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

REGISTRATION INFORMATION – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 10, 2017
Adult $35 ($30 Early Bird)
Senior (Over 60) $20
Student $15
Conference fee includes all sessions, breaks and lunch.

  • Early Bird Registration ends September 29th.
  • Cancellation requests must be received prior to October 11th.
  • Registrations are not transferable.
  • Free parking details will be provided to all registrants.
  • Childcare is not provided at either location during this Conference.

 

LODGING & LOCAL HOTELS

Farmington Inn
827 Farmington Avenue | Farmington, CT 06032 | (860) 677-2821

Hampton Inn
301 Colt Highway | Farmington, CT 06032 | (860) 674-8488

Marriott
15 Farm Springs Road | Farmington, CT 06032 | (860) 678-1000

TOPICS

  • Building Relationships in Your Community
  • Refugee Resettlement Today
  • Civil Rights Education
  • Women in Religious Leadership
  • Keeping Youth Involved

PROGRAM

FRIDAY EVENING 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
35 Harris Road, Avon

6:45 pm Check-In
7:00 pm Welcoming Remarks by Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, President Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
7:15 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Inspiring Stories Rooted in Our Shared Values. Mahan Mirza

SATURDAY 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652
75 Main Street, Farmington

8 – 9:15 am Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Location Tent on the Meetinghouse Green
9:30 am Introduction and Welcome by Rev. Susan Murtha, Interim Senior Minister, The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652, Farmington
Location Meetinghouse
9:45 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? Miroslav Volf
Location Meetinghouse

11 am – 12 pm WORKSHOPS (Select One)
Locations To Be Announced

  • Addressing Misconceptions About Islam and Muslims. Facilitated by Dr. Saud Anwar
    Exploring the way misinformation spreads fear and hate through media amplification and focused attacks.
  • A Spiritual Compass for Youth in a Chaotic World. Facilitated by Miranda Moeller and Omar Tawil
    How youth and youth leadership can support, honor, and learn from each other’s practices.
  • Refugee Resettlement Stories. Facilitated by Dr. Reza Mansoor
    How faith-based communities have embraced local refugee families and the related rewards and challenges.
  • Women in Religious Leadership. Facilitated by Fatma Antar, Carole Fay, and Rev. Linda Spiers
    Evolving leadership roles for women in Islam and Christianity.

12:15 – 1:15 pm LUNCH – Open Lunch or Join an Optional Conversation Lunch
Conversation Lunch: An Opportunity to Share your Thoughts and Ideas. Choose One Topic Space is limited in these 4 optional sessions. Advance registration is required.
Location: Fellowship Hall

  • Interfaith Learning
  • Women and Spirituality (women only)
  • Social Justice and Advocacy – How Can I Help?
  • Youth – Spiritual Compass

12:50 – 1:05 pm Muslim Midday (Zuhur) Prayer
Any one may pray at any time in the 3rd floor Music Room in Porter Memorial Hall.

1:15 – 2:15 pm Refugee Resettlement – Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Chris George, Executive Director Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services (IRIS)
Location Meetinghouse

Refugee agencies keep the spirit of the Statue of Liberty alive in the midst of changing times. This session explores the many ways the US government has managed to bring hundreds of thousands of refugees into this country despite legitimate security concerns, and it proposes how private citizens can participate in refugee resettlement, which is one of our finest foreign policy programs.

2:30 – 3:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION with Q&A. Next Steps: Moving Forward Together. Discussion including questions and answers
Location: Meetinghouse

Panelists include: Heidi Hadsell, President of Hartford Seminary and Mahan Mirza, Professor at the Kroc Institute
Facilitated by Khamis Abu-Hasaballah and Rev. Susan Murtha

3:45 pm CONFERENCE CLOSE
Khamis Abu-Hasaballah – President, Farmington Valley American Muslim Center
Rev. Susan Murtha – Interim Senior Minister, The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Miroslav Volf is one of the most celebrated Christian theologians in the world today. He is the founder and director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT. He was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany. He earned doctoral and postdoctoral degrees from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and has written or edited more than 20 books and over 90 scholarly articles. His work centers on topics such as forgiveness and reconciliation, church and public theology, and faith and culture.

Mahan Mirza is a professor of the Practice in the Contending Modernities Program at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and lead faculty in a project to advance scientific and theological literacy in madrasa discourses in India and Pakistan. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin, a M.A. from Hartford Seminary in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He helped develop America’s first accredited Muslim liberal arts college, Zaytuna College.

SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS

 

Khamis Abu-Hasaballah
Co-founder and President of Farmington Valley American Muslim Center and co-founder of Madina Academy, Connecticut’s only full-time Islamic School. He is Assistant Vice President for Research at UCONN Health, where he has designed and leads the implementation of a 21st-century research IT strategy.

 

Fatma Antar is President of the Islamic Council of New England and founding member of Christian/Muslim Women of Hope. She is currently the Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Manchester Community College. Fatma Antar is a founding member of “Refuse to Be Enemies,” a coalition of Muslims, Jews and Christians. She holds a MA in Economics from University of Connecticut and graduated from Cairo University.

 

Dr. Saud Anwar  is former mayor of South Windsor and a physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Anwar has organized medical missions for disaster relief, and his efforts have been recognized at state and federal levels. He is the co-chair of American Muslim Peace Initiative (AMPI), a network of various organization leaders uniting their voices to articulate the challenges and opportunities promoting peace in our neighborhoods, nation and world.

 

Carole Fay is a long-time member of St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish in Hartford, she is active in its women’s and social justice ministries and serves as a lector. She is a founding member (2003) of the collaborative “Muslim & Christian Women of Hope & Faith.” She is a team member of “Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors;” a project of CCIU, the Muslim Coalition of CT, and Hartford Seminary.

 

Chris George  is Executive Director of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), a government and privately funded non-profit that helps refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities.

 

Heidi Hadsell, Ph.D. is President of Hartford Seminary and Professor of Social Ethics. She has a deep commitment to interfaith dialogue and engagement. Before she came to Hartford Seminary in 2000, Dr. Hadsell served as Director of the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, Bossey, Switzerland. She serves on a variety of boards that reflect her service in the community and experience in theological education.

 

Dr. Reza Mansoor is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and a Cardiologist at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Mansoor is President ofthe Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, Advisory Board Member of Muslim Student Association-CT Council, and Founding President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Past president of the Islamic Center of Connecticut and Islamic Council of New England, he is actively involved in the inter-faith community and provides ongoing didactic presentations on Islam.

 

Rev. Susan Murtha, M.Div. is  Interim Senior Minister of First Church of Christ in Farmington. Over the last 19 years she served diverse congregations. She has developed and implemented tools for strengthening the spiritual, organizational, and missional life of churches. In her first career Susan was a mechanical engineer at United Technologies Corporation where she worked with a team that built the largest wind turbines in the world and partnered with NASA for continued research.

 

Miranda Moeller – Director of Ministry with Children, Youth, and Families at First Church of Christ. She has completed her M. Div. at Andover Newton Theological School and is preparing for ordination. Miranda also has a M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Eden Theological Seminary. Her focus in pastoral studies was on race relations in inner-city churches.

 

Rev. Linda Spiers is Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Collinsville. She has a BS in Mathematics; MBA from University of Richmond; M.Div. from Berkeley Divinity School; and is currently enrolled in the D.Min. program at Hartford Seminary.She serves in many leadership capacities within the Episcopal church and is a member of several organizations focused on interreligious understanding and interfaith initiatives.

 

Omar Tawil is  Imam and Youth Minister at Farmington Valley American Muslim Center. He is pursuing graduate studies at Hartford Seminary. Omar holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Islamic World Studies. At Universal School in Illinois, he designed and implemented a new Islamic Studies curriculum as well as led programs in development and empowerment of youth.