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Interfaith Summit: Diversity & Inclusion

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3955 N Studebaker Road

3955 North Studebaker Road

Long Beach, CA 90808

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Harbor Regional Center, South Coast Interfaith Council and the Long Beach Ministers Alliance cordially invite members of the community to our first time event – An Interfaith Summit on Diversity & Inclusion.Powerful and moving stories will be shared of how congregations and organizations have identified needs in their community and how they effectively offered care and compassion, particularly to individuals and groups who are marginalized. The summit will include a panel discussion with leaders speaking from diverse theological, political, and cultural backgrounds. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Saul Ministry Center at Grace First Presbyterian Church, located at 3955 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90808.

The vision behind this Summit is to inspire area congregations and organizations to initiate new attitudes, programs, and community engagements that effectively welcome all people. While our congregations strive to be welcoming, all too often there are barriers that can exclude people. Our prayer is that participants will depart with a new awareness of how to be more inclusive, and begin one new initiative. Rather than focusing on one or two issues of inclusion, the goal of this Summit is to reflect upon and share ideas about numerous topics of inclusion including, but not limited to, mental health, adoption, disabilities, cultural awareness, sexuality, and homelessness.

The program for the afternoon will be as follows:

1:00 1:55 pm | Panel Discussion with Faith & Community Leaders - Panelists: Milia Islam-Majeed, Elena Larssen, Marion Park, Gregory Sanders, Cathy Taylor, Pamela Lewis, Larry Ginn; Moderators: Erika Braxton-White, Jonas Hayes

2:00 2:25 pm | Module

Responding with Compassion at a Time of Death by SuicideLisa Jackert

2:30 2:55 pm | Module

Cultural Awareness & AcceptanceMilia Islam-Majeed

3:00 3:25 pm | Module

Inclusion of Persons with Hidden DisabilitiesDeaka McClain

3:30 3:55 pm | Module

"Alive Inside: a Ministry with Alzheimers PatientsStan DeWitt

Please contact Grace First Presbyterian Church, at 562-420-3393 or office.gracefirst@gmail.com to let us know the names and how many from your organization plan to attend.

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