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Conference Schedule

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Illinois Interfaith Conference
February 23 and 24, 2024

All sessions will be at the University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St., Champaign) unless otherwise noted.

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Friday, February 23

Time Session Location 
12 pm Friday Forum + Conversation Café: Fireside Chat with Nadia Bolz-Weber (Lunch provided) Latzer Hall, University YMCA  
6 pmShabbat Dinner Murphy Lounge, University YMCA 
6:30 pm Doors Open Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
7 pm “Living Shamelessly” 
Opening Session with Nadia Bolz-Weber 
Lincoln Hall Theater, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
8:30 pm Opening Session Reception & Book Signing Murphy Lounge, University YMCA 

Saturday, February 24

Time Session Location 
9:30 am Continental Breakfast & Check In Latzer Hall, University YMCA 
10 am What Does It Mean to Be Shameless? Reflections on Friday Keynote Latzer Hall, University YMCA 
10:30 am Building Religious & Spiritual Communities of Welcome: Panel of Student Leaders and Religious Leaders Latzer Hall, University YMCA 
11:30 am Building Bridges Together: Facilitated Lunch and Dialogue  Latzer Hall, University YMCA 
1 pm Concurrent Session A: Understanding and Healing from Religious Trauma, Emily McKown, Channing-Murray Foundation Murphy Lounge, University YMCA 
 Concurrent Session B: Why Religious Communities Need Sex Education, Rev. Sally Fritsche, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-ChampaignLatzer Hall, University YMCA 
2 pm Break  
2:30 pm Concurrent Session C: Biblical Self-Defense Workshop Murphy Lounge, University YMCA 
 Concurrent Session D: Creating Spaces for Interfaith Dialogue, Ross Wantland, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Latzer Hall, University YMCA 
3:30 pm Interfaith Service Project for Strides Shelter  
4:30 pm Closing Session Latzer Hall, University YMCA 

During the conference, a reflection room will be available for contemplation, prayer, and meditation. Ask a conference organizer if you have any questions.