March 9th, 2022, 3:30 pm ET — Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus)
Join Presidents Mary Hinton (Hollins University) and Carl Strikwerda (Elizabethtown College, Emeritus) as they explore the history and missteps of institutional efforts to embrace diversity, with a focus on the curriculum and campus life outside the classroom. In conversation with other college and university presidents past and present, this charrette will consider how critical interfaith engagement with – rather than glossing over – the religious and institutional history of our schools is essential to building more inclusive institutions.
February 28th, 2022, 1 pm ET — Kevin Brown (Spring Arbor University), Tina Grace (Bridging the Gap), Meredith Raimondo (Oberlin College), and Jonathan Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania)
This charrette will examine two such programs as an invitation to both adoption and adaptation. The first, “Bridging the Gap: Dialogue across Difference,” brought together students from Oberlin College in Ohio – known as a bastion of liberal thinking, where students are frequently dismissed as elite, intolerant “snowflakes” – and students at Spring Arbor University – a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts school in Michigan, whose students are labeled as conservative, intolerant evangelicals. The second program, “Politics in the Age of Trump: Speaking Across Our Differences,” featured a collaboration between Cairn University, a Christian university outside Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania.
February 24th, 2022, 3:30 pm ET — Peter Felten, PhD (Elon University), Leo M. Lambert, PhD (Elon University), and Marion Larson, PhD (Bethel University)
In this interactive charrette, Drs. Peter Felten (Elon University), Leo Lambert (Elon University), and Marion Larson (Bethel University) will invite participants to share and reflect on their own personal stories of (collegiate) relationships that have shaped how they engage difference. Drawing from this collective experience, the conversation will transition to co-imagining how to build campus structures – policies, events, programs – that deliberately seed and nurture relational networks that transcend deep difference.
February 7th, 2022, 4 pm ET — Asma T. Uddin (Aspen Institute) and George Yancey, PhD, (Baylor University)
In this opening charrette, or problem-solving session, George Yancey (Baylor University) and Asma Uddin (Aspen Institute) will explore how religious identity can sometimes transcend, and thus serve as a bridge across, these partisan divides. Drawing from their experience, they will examine 1) how the frame of “religious liberty” can unite conservative Christians and religious minorities; and 2) how shared religious commitments can provide a platform for interracial engagement and reconciliation.
Join Shoulder to Shoulder in a conversation with Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) to explore and unpack what Christian nationalism is, what it has to do with anti-Muslim discrimination, and what we can do about it.
As a Christian herself, Amanda will share why she believes her fellow Christians must engage on this issue and she’ll share insight and practical tips for educating and mobilizing faith communities on this issue, including lessons learned through her leadership of the Christians Against Christian Nationalism initiative. BJC is a national partner of the Shoulder and Shoulder campaign coalition and Amanda serves as a Shoulder to Shoulder Steering Committee member. Learn more about Amanda here.