NECU Interfaith Understanding Conference

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Registration is now open for a virtual Conference on Interfaith Understanding hosted by Luther College (Iowa) for the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. The conference will be held in two 90-minute sessions, one on July 15th and the other on July 16th. Both sessions will be live from 1:00 pm CDT – 2:30 pm CDT. Program details follow below.
To register for either or both sessions, visit
Upon registration, participants will receive a link to the session(s) and a prompt to add the session(s) to their calendar, as well as a confirmation via email.

The session on July 15th will feature a keynote address by Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor in Muslim and Interreligious Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary, on “Religiously Fluid in the 21st Century: Higher Education and the Case for Interreligious Education.” Her presentation will be followed by a panel of respondents including Professor Gereon Kopf, Luther College and Fardosa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate and Assistant Director of Interfaith at Augsburg.

The session July 16th will feature a presentation on “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment: A Policy Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” by Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Bishop and Executive for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations & Theological Discernment for the ELCA. Her presentation will be followed by further reflections from a panel on the Declaration and the panel’s responses to Kathryn Lohre’s presentation. The panel includes Professor Wanda Deifelt, Luther College; Ashalul Aden (’20), Luther College; and Professor Jacqueline Bussie, Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)..

Contact Melinda Valverde ( with general questions. Submit technical questions about the registration link to: