The Role of Religion in Bridging American Divides
Join us for this engaging evening program by Mary Ellen Giess. The presentation will include interactive components that will help us identify the root causes of misunderstanding and intolerance among diverse faith traditions. Equally important, we will learn tools and practices that ‘bridge the divide’ and help build communities.
Dinner will be served at 5.30pm along with friendship and conversation across the dinner table, followed by the program starting at 6.30pm. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and dialogue throughout the evening.
Mary Ellen Giess, MA, is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Interfaith America, a national nonprofit unlocking the potential of America’s religious diversity. In this role, Mary Ellen oversees innovative and collaborative program opportunities, including emerging priorities around government partnerships, bridgebuilding initiatives, faith and health programs, and religion in the workplace. Mary Ellen has served in various programmatic and strategic roles since joining IA in 2008, including managing IA’s programmatic partnership with the Obama White House, stewarding our five-year research partnership (IDEALS), and co-editing Educating about Religious Diversity: A Handbook for Student Affairs. She joined IA after completing her Masters at Harvard Divinity School and earned her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!). Mary Ellen’s on-campus experiences and Unitarian Universalist values inspire her ongoing efforts to expand interfaith engagement across the nation. Outside of work, she can be found browsing cookbooks and navigating the agony and the ecstasy of parenting three daughters.
The cost to Ignatius House to present this evening’s event is $50, which is a suggested contribution. However, contributions of any amount are welcome. Additional contributions will support the “Fr. Niel Jarreau, SJ Fund” to provide spiritual programming for those in hardship.
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