NAINConnect 2014 in Detroit Program Preview


Bridging Borders and Boundaries

NAIN North American Interfaith Network CONNECT CONFERENCE DETROIT 2014 August 10-13, 2014

 Wayne State University • Detroit, MI,

McGregor Memorial Conference Center • Community Arts Auditorium

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Kick off Sunday, August 10

  •  Dinner at 5:30 in the Conference Center
  • Song and Spirit, featuring Br. Al Mascia, OFM and Maggid Steve Klaper, A Franciscan minstrel and a Jewish troubadour, working  together to bring peace to the world, one song at a time
  •  Plenary Address by Rev. Dan Buttry, “Peace and Reconciliation Initiatives Around the World”


  • Monday evening – “Go Back Where You Came From!” Panel of scholars from the Muslim, Jewish, Native American, African American and Sikh communities discussing religious and ethnic hate.  Panel includes: Saeed Kahn, Steve Goldman, Myeengun Henry, Freda Sampson, Parvinder Mehta
  • Tuesday evening – “Beyond Kumbaya” Religious leaders respond to difficult issues
  •  Wednesday morning – “Sacred Storytelling” A play created from diversity dialogues with high school  students; discussion following

Morning Programming – Monday-Tuesday, August 11-12

10 workshops for each of two days including youth activities.

Topics include: Cities of Compassion; Interfaith best practices; Bridging faiths with labyrinths; Values that unite Americans; Creating interfaith art; Interfaith work in healthcare

 Afternoon Site Visits – Monday-Tuesday, August 11-12

Ethnic tours of Dearborn and Hamtramck, the Arab American National Museum; the Holocaust Memorial Center; Detroit and the Underground Railroad; “Grown in Detroit;” diverse religious-themed art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

For more information, call 313-338-9777 or email

To register, visit

Full registration: standard, $300; after June 15, $350 — Includes 5 meals, all site visits/workshops, snacks, bus transportation. Daily and Student fees available.

On-campus rooms available at Towers Residential Suites  for $45, per person, per day, or at a local Bed and Breakfast for more.

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