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Tom Sleigh Speaking at the "West, East, Orient, and Refugees Conference," Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (Time and place TBA)

  • Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive Los Angeles, CA, 90045 United States (map)

“The conference “West, East, Orient, and Refugees” will address the refugee crisis from various angles. First, it will ask the question: how can the Catholic, Byzantine, and Oriental churches address this crisis together? Second, how can the universities that embody and profess religious values make higher education more accessible for refugees? Although the discussion will refer to all groups of refugees, it will pay particular attention to the refugees from the Middle East, where tensions between Muslims and Christians have historically been strong. However, in their new countries, both groups must work to be more embracing to those whom they previously regarded enemy. Hence, is the third question to discuss at the conference: how the churches and educational institutions can facilitate the Christian-Muslim dialogue?”