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Groundbreaking Interfaith Conference, April 11-13

  • Published: February 17, 2010

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Groundbreaking Interfaith Conference, April 11-13

Interfaith Understanding Conference brings together multiple generations and internationally renowned speakers.

The 2010 Interfaith Understanding Conference restructures pricing to entice more people, from all generations, from around the world, to attend this event.


  • Regular Registration - $175 including meals
  • Group Rate - $1,500 per table of ten including meals
  • Anyone who has already registered will receive a refund for the difference in price.

Visit to register for the three-day conference.  Students and young adults are also encouraged to apply for a Next Generation scholarship to attend the event.

Nazareth College in Rochester, NY is honored to host the groundbreaking 2010 Interfaith Understanding Conference (IUC), being held April 11 – 13.  This will bring together multiple generations of peacemakers and interfaith leaders from across the country, as well as representatives of major interfaith organizations such as the Interfaith Alliance, the Parliament of World Religions, and the North American Interfaith Network.

The conference, organized by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, will provide an opportunity to explore critical issues with people from all religions, generations, races and genders.

IUC 2010 promises to be a unique encounter which combines the experience and wisdom of one generation with the creativity and vitality of the next.

High schools, college campuses and religious groups around the world have begun breaking down barriers with interfaith relations and discussions.  The IUC conference will bring small discussions to a larger forum.

"This event will bring generations of people together," said Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College.  "Discussions made at the conference will lead to empowering participants to become agents of change."

"The conference will establish an environment conducive to understanding the diversity of faiths in the Rochester community and the world," said Muhammad Shafiq, executive director of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. "We believe that individuals can learn from each other, understand each other and work together in a respectful way for the common good."

Speakers representing five major world religions will encourage participants to explore critical issues of diversity by highlighting eight major themes: next generation, stories of faith, women’s interfaith leadership, LGBT and religion, religious stereotypes and prejudices, global interfaith coexistence, business and ethics, and environmental and social justice.

Keynote speakers include:  Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, founder and executive director of Benetvision; Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core; Rabbi Brad Hirschfied, author and president of CLAL – the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Dr. P. Jayaraman, executive director of Bhavan’s Centre; and Sensei Myotai Treace, founder of the Bodies of Water School of Zen Buddhism.  

About IUC 2010:

From April 11th-13th, the 2010 Interfaith Understanding Conference will bring together multiple generations of peacemakers and interfaith leaders to Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Organized by the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, the 2010 conference will offer a unique opportunity for today’s leaders to share their experience and interact with youth leaders. Through a series of plenary sessions, workshops, and round table discussions, conference-goers will utilize interfaith dialogue as a means to find common ground solutions to the challenges that face humanity.




Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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