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A Conversation on Race and Faith

In partnership with NewCORE (New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity) and WHYY, a group of prominent religious leaders will share stories and engage in a conversation on how race and racism informs their leadership and the communities they lead. Included in the evening will be a light reception, where attendees will be invited to engage in their own small group discussion and storytelling activity. Conversation moderated by Reverend Steven Lawrence.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

6:30 - 8:30 PM



150 North 6th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Meet Our Conversationalists

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The Rev. Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport assumed office as bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on August 1, 2018. Overwhelmingly elected by the Synod Assembly on May 5, 2018, she is the first African-American woman to be elected a bishop in the 4-million-member ELCA. At the time of her election, Bishop Davenport served the Synod as Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop, with responsibilities for new and redeveloping congregations, congregational vitality, and urban ministries... READ MORE


Rabbi David Straus is the Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple. He was appointed in July, 1998. He is only the fourth rabbi to serve in this position at Main Line Reform Temple. Rabbi Straus is active in the Jewish and non-Jewish community. He is a past president of the VAAD: The Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and served as chair of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council from 2010-2014. He is a co-convener of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia... READ MORE

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Rev. Bonnie Camarda has served as the Director of Partnerships for The Salvation Army in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1999. In this role she forms fruitful partnerships with area business leaders, government leaders, prospective donors, fellow social service organizations, and works with individuals across socioeconomic and cultural lines to offer spiritual guidance and hope. ​Rev. Camarda currently serves on the Board of Neuva Esperanza and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is the President of Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia, and is a moderator for Faith and Community Partnerships of the School District of Philadelphia... READ MORE


Shiekh Anwar Muhaimin was born in Philadelphia, PA and left the city at the age of 11 with his family to formally study Islam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He completed memorization of the Holy Quran and was granted the title of Sheikh from the Islamic University in Medina, Saudi Arabia by the Department of Arabic Language, from which he graduated with honors with a degree in Arabic literature. He recently completed his graduate studies at Gonzaga University and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership... READ MORE

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(MODERATOR) Reverend Steven Brett Lawrence is one of three children born to Lucille and the late Steve O. Lawrence. As a child he began attending and participating in the life of White Rock Baptist Church, where he now serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. He professed a call to the ministry in high school, and continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York... READ MORE

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