Interfaith Leaders From Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia Come Together for a Frank Roundtable Discussion on the Relevance of Interfaith Relations

Dr. Steve Wiebe (top left) and the speaker panel: (top row from left to right) Ali Husein Alreza, Naomi Ackerman, Omar Ahmed Bahlaiwa, (bottom row from left to right) Dr. Selwa Al-Hazzaa, Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Dr. Maher Hathout, and Samar Fatany.

On Sunday, September 15th, over 30 interfaith leaders and supporters gathered at the Pico Union Project center in Los Angeles to discuss how interfaith work is relevant today. The event was moderated by Dr. Steve Wiebe, Executive Director of New Vision Partners, while the speaker panel included seven interfaith leaders from Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia: Dr. Maher Hathout, Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Naomi Ackerman, Omar Ahmed Bahlaiwa, Dr. Selwa Al-Hazzaa, Ali Husein Alreza, and Samar Fatany. Continue reading

New Visionary: Katie Kevorkian

Name:  Katie Kevorkian
Profession:  Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries
Organization:  Northridge United Methodist Church
Location:  Northridge, CA
Why Interfaith?:  It’s important that we provide opportunities for the children in our communities to learn about their neighbors. Knowledge and understanding will lead to more peaceful communities!
How you can be a Partner: Organize the members of your church or faith community to join with a community of another religious background for worship or community service. Spend time getting to know people of a different faith.
Background/How did you get to where you are today?: Master of Arts from Claremont School of Theology in Interreligious Education. I have worked with the USC Office of Religious Life, The United Methodist Urban Foundation, First UMC Los Angeles and New Vision Partners.