Normandale Community College's Diversity Center will host an Interfaith Panel Discussion on Wednesday, November 19 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Kopp Student Center Garden Room.
The What We Believe ... Interfaith Panel Discussion will be a conversation about Atheism, Christianity, Islam, and Native American Spirituality. Some of the topics the discussion will cover are commonalities and differences, and beliefs and convictions.
Normandale Psychology, and Religion and Spirituality instructor Andy Tix will be the moderator for the discussion. The panel will feature representatives from several of the groups. The representatives include Ted Harrison, Naaiam Khan, Rick Mattson and Ted Schlecter.
Harrison has a Master's in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. He has studied Native American spirituality as a way to understand the Earth's lessons, which he shares widely with diverse audiences and clients. His work in wilderness therapy for war veterans recently was featured in the Star Tribune.
Khan has a Master's in Public Affairs from the University of Texas. Ms. Khan serves on the board of directors for the Islamic Resource Group. She is part of the team that is responsible for curating the Tracks in the Snow traveling exhibit, which has been shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, and which details the Minnesota-Muslim experience.
Rick Mattson has a Master's in the Philosophy of Religion from Bethel University. Mr. Mattson has been on the staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 33 years, working locally at Macalester and St. Olaf colleges, but travelling to 50 campuses in the past five years. He is the author of "Faith is like skydiving and other memorable images for dialogue with seekers and skeptics."
Tara Schlechter has a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. A veteran of Dr. Tix's Psychology of Religion course, she enjoys engaging in constructive dialogue and values building mutual respect between atheists and people of faith.