Tri-Faith is a one-of-a-kind endeavor.
Our intentional and diverse community in Omaha bridges divides among three faith communities, local neighbors, and people across the country and worldwide.
Tri-Faith Initiative and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Religious Studies hosted the first annual “Race, Religion, and Social Justice” conference, on Thursday, June 9 on the Tri-Faith Commons in Omaha, Nebraska. This year’s theme was Harm, Healing, and Hope.
As the only intentional co-location of a synagogue, a church, a mosque, and an interfaith center in the world, we invite people to be curious about our potential to fulfill the promise of new pluralism.
The conference objective was to advance interdisciplinary knowledge focused on the intersections of race, religion, and social justice by bringing a diverse group of interdisciplinary scholars; diversity, equity, access, and inclusion practitioners; community and civic leaders; and corporate executives together to spark cross-sector collaboration in the Midwest.
The most inspiring part of the conference was witnessing the various professions, fields, industries, and specializations of the 130 attendees and see them connect to promote racial and religious equity, justice, and inclusion in society.
We were focused on including a lens of belief, behavior, and belonging; religious pluralism; intersectional identities; postcolonial formations of power and whiteness; race, truth, and reconciliation; identity formation; collaboration and conflict; and bridging differences.
This was a unique opportunity to pull together sources of original and collaborative research, and the conference exceeded our expectations in building toward a more harmonious, equitable, and just future.
Created through a partnership with the university’s Religious Studies Department, the conference also included Department of Black Studies, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, and College of Public Affairs and Community Service to participate.
Tri-Faith utilized the expertise of Black faith leaders in North Omaha for the keynote panel: the Rev. Portia Cavitt of Clair Memorial, the Rev. Kenneth Allan of Zion Baptist, and the Rev. Stan Rone of 24th Street Church of God.