Religion and Poverty Forum at LMU

Councilman Bill Rosendahl will make opening remarks at a public forum to discuss religious pluralism and how faith based groups are assisting the homeless.

The event  Religious Pluralism: Shaping the American Identitywill be held later this month at Loyola Marymount University.

The event, organized by the City’s Human Relations Committee,  calls on scholars, religious leaders,  and activists to discuss homelessness and faith-based advocacy in our society.

“The forum comes at a crucial time in America where the struggling economy is forcing an increasing number of people into homelessness and poverty,” says Joumana Silyan-Saba, organizer of the event and Human Relations Analyst at the HRC. Los Angeles is known as one of the  most religiously diverse cities in the world while having the biggest homeless populations in the country.

Panelists include Helene Slessarev-Jamier (Professor of Urban Studies at Claremont School of Theology and author of Prophetic Activism), and Rabbi Marven Gross (CEO of Union Station Homeless Services).

“Our main objective is to promote civic engagement in the issue,” Silyan-Saba says. The forum is designed to engage the audience by contributing questions during the discussion.  The moderator, Brie Loskota from USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, will then choose random questions from the audience to drive the forum forward.

“During an economic downturn, our faith based partners are critical in helping to end homelessness in the 11th District,” says Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. “While the City provides assistance on a large scale, it is our partners in the faith community who are able to reach out and lend a hand one by one.”

When: Monday, October 24, 2011   6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Where: Loyola Marymount University, Hilton Center for Business 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Parking provided at the Drollinger Parking Plaza across the lawn from the Hilton Center

Click here for official press release.

Click here for official invite: Pluralism Invite October 10122011

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