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Finding Common Ground:
Reconciliation Among the Children of Abraham



November 2, 2009


8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Professor Roger Alford, Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies

9:10 a.m. Interpreting Sacred Text

  • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies, American Jewish University
  • Imam Jihad Turk, Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California
  • Rev. James Butler, Associate Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Dealing With The Outsider in Our Midst

  • Rabbi Mark Diamond, Executive Vice President, Board of Rabbis of Southern California
  • Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, Director, Islamic Society of Orange County
  • William Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

12:15: Lunch

1:15 p.m. Keynote Address: Why Faith Matters

  • Diane Glazer and Provost Darryl Tippens (Introduction)
  • Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Bestselling Author of Why Faith Matters

2 p.m. National Identity and Religious Pluralism

  • Jacob Dayan, Israeli Consul General
  • Hakan Tekin, Turkish Consul General