Trialogue Series

2019 Trialogue Series: Ourtown - Conflict, Justice & Peace

For decades social change activists have said, “If you want peace, work for justice.” But we also know that that working for justice evokes conflict. Working with conflict is particularly difficult in a culture as highly polarized as today’s culture is. This year’s Trialogue will begin with a skill-building session for dealing conflict and bias. The following two sessions will feature moderated panel conversations, one with elected leaders and another with religious leaders. Each of those panels will address matters of conflict, justice, and peace in their work.

Sunday, February 10: Peace Academy 

4620 S Irvington Ave, Tulsa

Sunday, February 17: Jewish Federation of Tulsa 

2021 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74136

Sunday, February 24: Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 

*All sessions are 2-4 p.m. The Trialogue Series is free and open to the public. 

History of the Trialogue Series

For over 30 years, OCCJ has brought together Tulsans of various faiths for the annual Interfaith Trialogue. The series seeks to tackle tough issues in a way that helps us live together with our deepest differences.

“The views expressed are sometimes deeply unsettling, and it feels healthy to confront our differences and to expose ourselves to views that are powerfully divergent,” says Marc Boone Fitzerman, Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Emunah. “It’s a never-ending conversation. Over and over again, it’s honest conversations on some of the most difficult issues in society. It’s a fearless project. The topics we have engaged in the past quarter of a century reflect that – violence, immigration, the relationship between religion and state.”

Over the years, a broad variety of themes have been addressed. Says Sheryl Siddiqui, director of Community Relations and American Outreach for the Islamic Society of Tulsa, “Religion is one of the things that could bring us together, but it also divides us. OCCJ helps address the ills of our community in our interpersonal relationships.”

The OCCJ Trialogue Series is made possible in part by the Tulsa Library Trust’s Alfred E. Aaronson Lecture Series Endowment. The Tulsa Library Trust’s Alfred E. Aaronson Lecture Series Endowment was initiated in 1969 on the occasion of Alfred E. Aaronson’s retirement from the Tulsa City-County Library Commission, the Gilcrease Museum Board and the Tulsa Community Relations Commission. Funds collected in his honor were dedicated to bringing authorities to the community to stimulate thought and action in fields where voids exist and offer other points of view.

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