INW Fireside Chat: The Importance of Interfaith IDEAS Conversations
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About the Event
Join us for an important conversation around what radical interfaith acceptance both in and out of the workplace can and should look like and how interreligious conversations relate to IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice)! As we are looking to redefine professionalism, we cannot afford to shy away from important opportunities to discuss all aspects of our identity - including our position on faith. Normally taboo in the workplace, we will explore how to create spaces of safety without perpetuating harm, how colonialism has affected our current perspective on faith in the workplace, and how to honor differing faiths without tokenism or performativeness. We are joined by three amazing speakers:
Shay Collins (they/them)
Shay Collins is an Afro-Caribbean, multi-racial, blerd (black nerd) hailing from the Land of the Free by the Carib Sea, Belize. They have worked in higher education for the last decade using a trauma-informed lens to analyse, disrupt, and reimagine inequitable policies and practices. They received an M.S.W. and M.A. in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies, and certificate in Arabic studies from Arizona State University. Outside of work you’ll most likely find them reading, bullet journaling about big ideas, and watching the Great British Baking Show.
Leslie Funk (she/her)
Leslie Funk is an INW groupie focused on addressing religious diversity in the workplace. She is a Jewish person who grew up in the predominantly Christian suburbs of Boston, which significantly defined who she is and how she relates to others. Leslie has a background in alternative dispute resolution and has mediated conflicts and presented on related topics. In the past few years, she has worked in, volunteered with, or been on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations. Leslie earned her JD from Hamline University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, Leslie has become an avid baker since the pandemic and continues to be an amateur portraiture artist.
Judah Swilley (he/him)
Pastor Judah Swilley has been in ministry all his life, but officially and professionally since age 18. At that time, Judah was ordained as youth pastor of Church In The Now in Conyers, GA, and led one of the largest youth ministries in the metro Atlanta area. After serving for 6 years as youth pastor for CITN, Judah started The Movement Church in Covington, GA, where he currently pastors. In addition to ministry, Judah is also a recording artist, DJ, and television personality.