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Pepperdine Hosts Conference Exploring Interfaith Issues
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca addressed a weekend conference audience on "The Relation of Interfaith and Crime Reduction" in a special program held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Pepperdine University.
The special program was part of a larger conference called "The International Conference on East and West Encounters: The Gulen Movement." The Gulen Movement, inspired by the Turkish Islamic thinker Fethullah Gulen, explores ways to find peace and tolerance between religions and societies.
The December 4-6 conference was part of a series of such discussions organized by the Pacifica Institute that look at alleged "clash of civilizations" and other global challenges.
Following Baca's keynote speech at Pepperdine, William Martin, senior fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University spoke, along with Jannah Scott, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives.
Pacifica Institute is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles and it is sponsored by the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, the International Education Center at Santa Monica College, the Department of Religious Studies at Humboldt State University and the Department of Religious Studies at Whittier College.
Gulen himself describes his appeal as "a gathering around high human values by means of education and dialogue." He used his growing influence to urge younger generations to adopt intellectual knowledge with a spirituality based in the faith tradition, and to serve fellow humans.
Previous conferences on the Gulen Movement have been held at Georgetown University (2008), The House of Lords and The London School of Economics (2007), the University of Oklahoma (2006) and Rice University (2005).
For more information about the conference, visit www.gulenconference.net.