How to Confront Anti-Religious Bigotry

Date: Apr 20, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: Interreligious Dialogue Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

How to Confront Anti-Religious BigotryThe Annual John Paul II Lecture on Interreligious Understanding 

Thursday, April 20, 2023
12 p.m. (New York), 6:00 p.m. (Rome), 7:00 p.m. (Jerusalem)

The rise of white supremacist movements has led to a growing swell of antisemitism and Islamophobia. It has also resulted in anger against far-right Christian extremists that has fueled hostility to religion in general. Join our distinguished multifaith panel for a discussion about the problem of anti-religious bigotry and how interfaith cooperation can serve as a bulwark against bias. Our speakers are all affiliated with the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a US-based, interreligious coalition to end anti-Muslim bigotry. 

The annual John Paul II lecture is hosted by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at The Jewish Theological Seminary with the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, with help from the Russell Berrie Foundation.   


Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi: Executive Director, Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers; former Director, Community Outreach and Interfaith Relations, Islamic Society of North America; and co-founder of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign 

Rabbi Esther Lederman: Director of Congregational Innovation, Union for Reform Judaism; member, Central Conference of American Rabbis’ task force on the experience of women in the rabbinate; and co-chair of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign 

Kathryn Lohre: Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations and Theological Discernment; and co-chair of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign