Panel: Religious Freedom & Diversity in the 21st Century

Thursday  3 November  2016  2:00 PM    Thursday  3 November  2016 4:00 PM
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Dr. Marvin Hudson, Oklahoma United Methodist Church
Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B'Nai Isreal, Oklahoma City
Priscilla Galstaun-Khader, Surayya Anne Foundation - Tulsa
Dr. John Starkey, Professor of Religion, Oklahoma City University

Speaker bios:

Dr. Hudson is an ordained minister, experienced, pastor, and New Testament Scholar. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Graduate Seminary. He has pastored in Kansas & Oklahoma and has taught Biblical languages, theology, and leadership courses.

Rabbi Vered Harris became the Temple B'nai Isreal's spiritual leader in 2012 - only the 5th rabbi in the congregations 109 year history. Prior to coming to Oklahoma City, Rabbi Harris was the Education Rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Partk, KS. She brings a strong record of successfully developing award-winning congregational programming. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and her Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education from Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Rabbi Harris was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator in 2002.

Priscilla-Galstaun-Khader immigrated to the United States from India. She is a founding member of the Surayya Anne Foundation, the only Muslim women-run non-profit organization in Oklahoma that provides transitional housing for disenfranchised women, children, & families. She currently serves as the organization's president. Mrs. Galstaun-Khader also serves on the board of CAIR Oklahoma and represents the Oklahoma Chapter of Muslims 4 Liberty.

Dr. John Starkey is a professor of religion at Oklahoma City University. He has received a number of teaching awards and has served as President of the Southwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. His courses include World Religions, Peace and Non-Violence, Forms of Faith, Spirituality, and Ethical Conviction.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, Templeton Foundation, Social Sciences Division of Rose State College; The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University, and

Location: Homsey Hall, Sarkey's Science & Math Center, Oklahoma City University

Questions? Contact James Davenport at (405) 733-7922 or

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