There is so much to do, see, hear and learn at the ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Meeting that I frequently find myself at a loss how best to spend my time. If you find yourself in such a quandary, I urge you to consider, at 1:45 p.m. Friday, in Room Pacifica 1, a gentle and inspirational hour with three women of faith who have responded to a mission of mutual understanding and peace.
The panel, titled “Interfaith Efforts at Peacemaking,” features leaders of Christian and Muslim congregations in the San Francisco area who have devoted themselves to service in the conviction that people of faith have something unique to offer, through simple interfaith dialogue and intercultural cooperation. Speakers include Faith Ferde Ates of Pacifica Institute, Linda Crawford of Interfaith Center at the Presidio, and Rev. Susan Strouse of First United Lutheran Church.
Persecuted Coptic Christians; banned Muslim travelers, Jews subjected to newly awakened antisemitism — We are all too familiar with religion being used as a tool for division. I encourage you to consider meeting and speaking with three inspired women who are committed to its use as an agent of healing and peace.