Loras to host first Interfaith Leadership Conference Feb. 20

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Loras College will host the first River Crossing: Storytelling and Interfaith Leadership Conference 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Alumni Campus Center on campus, thanks in part to a $2,200 grant from the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based nonprofit. Loras was one of four colleges in the nation to receive a grant.

River Crossing will feature storytelling workshops and a panel discussion on transformative interfaith dialogue led by community members, religious leaders and area students. The goal is to have college students find their voice in interfaith storytelling and grow interfaith activity in their schools and communities.

“It’s entering a conversation starting with a person’s personal experience instead of debating about facts about a religious tradition,” said Anastacia McDermott (’03) one of the organizers of the event and coordinator of the Father Ray Herman Peace and Justice Center at Loras College. “They get to know the human beings behind the philosophies.”

The conference, co-sponsored by Clarke University and University of Dubuque, with help from the Children of Abraham and Loras’ Better Together student organization, will also offer networking activities and a service project.

For more information on the River Crossing Interfaith Leadership Conference, contact Stacia at 563-588-7056, anastacia.mcdermott@loras.edu or register at bit.ly/lorasinterfaith.

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