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We are feeling the impact of polarizing discourse in our nation, communities, and even our families. Mired in conflicts, where do we turn for leadership and guidance? While religious scriptures are often invoked to justify or explain violence, how might we draw upon them to foster reconciliation and healing?
Please join us as three speakers from the next generation of religious leaders go beyond platitudes to elucidate fundamental values of key texts in their traditions and apply them to contemporary issues. Enhance your understanding of other’s faith and your own spiritual formation as we explore religion’s potential for personal and communal transformation towards more compassionate and joyful living together. 

Spirituality and Humanity: An Interfaith Conversation
on Creating Harmonious Community and Healthy Leadership


Date & Time:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Doors will open by 1:15pm. Seating is General Admission.

Location:  University of Portland, Buckley Center Auditorium | 5000 N Willamette Blvd | Portland, OR 97203. 
An interactive campus map and directions can be found here: http://campusmap.up.edu/
Signage will be posted to direct visitors from parking lots towards the auditorium.

Questions for the Speakers:  Please submit a question or comment for the speakers in advance by clicking here to fill out a simple online form. Yours may be read aloud during the program!

Tickets: Please see notice at top of the page (registration is now closed) 

Interfaith Bulletins and Form to Submit Questions

About the Speakers


The Very Reverend Nathan LeRud

The Very Reverend Nathan LeRud is the Dean of Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the oldest Episcopal church in the northwestern United States. A fifth-generation Oregonian and native Portlander, Nathan holds a BA in English and Theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and an M.Div from the General Theological Seminary in New York City.   >more

His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche

His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India, in 1985. In 1987, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of His Holiness the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (1903-1983), who was the most Senior Tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. >more  

Mr. Harris Zafar

A staunch advocate for universal human rights, Mr. Harris Zafar is the author of the best selling book Demystifying Islam, and a public speaker, writer, instructor, and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, one of the oldest Muslim organizations in America. >more

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Contacts for Further Information

  • To become a donor or event sponsor, please contact Namdrol Adams.
  • Those interested in becoming an event volunteer may contact Leigh Miller.
  • For Press and general inquiries, please contact Kate Macdonald.



2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Maitripa College


1119 SE Market Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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