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Presidential Highlighted Session: Engaging with Difference for a Common Cause: Protecting Democracy, Locally and Globally

Thu, March 9, 9:45 to 11:15am, Sheraton Atlanta, Floor: 3, Grand Ballroom D&E (South Tower)

Session Submission Type: Special Session

Description of Session

Part of the CIES RESPONDS series of events, this workshop is designed to train conference attendees:
* To engage in conversation about how we can find common ground and work across differences, locally and globally.
* To discuss ways to resist threats to democracy, locally and globally.
* To learn from what others are doing, locally and globally.
* To recognize, understand and respect the challenges/constraints facing marginalized groups, locally and globally
* To develop effective strategies in working together and cohesively to support democracy, locally and globally.

This session will feature a conversation with Rev. Jennifer Bailey of “Faith Matters” and “100 Days, 100 Dinners” ( who will speak via Skype on building relationships across difference in order to work in common cause. Her focus is on interfaith dialogue and those voices that are “pushed to the margins of religious narratives” (

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