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 working for justice evokes conflict. Working with conflict is particularly difficult in a culture as highly polarized as today’s culture. The 2019 Trialogue series will begin with a skill-building session for dealing with conflict and bias. The following sessions will feature moderated panel conversations, one with elected leaders and another with religious leaders. Each panel will address matters of conflict, justice and peace in their work. 

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

Sunday, February 10: Conflict & Bias

Peace Academy - 4620 S Irvington Ave, Tulsa

Session Facilitators 

Dr. Dewayne Dickens

Dr. Dewayne Dickens is a Developmental English Associate Professor at Tulsa Community College.  His doctorate is in Curriculum and Social Foundations (English emphasis) from Oklahoma State University with a dissertation focus on college persistence for African American males. Dr. Dickens has extensive experience in faculty professional development, leadership, diversity and multicultural issues, implicit bias discussions, including national presentations on such topics as creative strategies for teaching and learning, race in education, multicultural learning issues, technology in classroom instruction, and community involvement with education.  Additionally, he has served as a student organization adviser, student-success and research committee leader, and a faculty professional development facilitator--presenting topics on Implicit Bias, City as Text, Service Learning as Engaging Pedagogy, and Teaching Diverse Students.  He is a member of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Board of Directors and leads the Curriculum Development Team.  He also serves as a Board Member for the Oklahoma Humanities and serves as a Commissioner for the Mayor's African American Affairs Commission of Tulsa. 

Sarah Rana, Programs Director, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice 

Jesses Ulrich, Director of Jewish Learning and Engagement, Jewish Federation of Tulsa 

Sunday, February 17: Politics & Leadership

Jewish Federation of Tulsa: 2021 E 71st St, Tulsa


Representative Carol Bush, District 70

Carol Bush was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, Carol planted her roots firmly in Midtown where she has raised a family, run a business and served the community ever since. She successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years, before turning to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network for 10 years. The non-profit coordinated the Alert Neighbor program and Crime Stopper program for the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

Carol likes to say that all her professional endeavors prepared her to enter the world of politics.  She is entering her second term and serves as: Chair of the Children Youth and Family Services Committee, Secretary of the Republican Caucus, Member of the Common Education Committee, Health Services & Long-Term Care and A&B Public Safety Subcommittee, Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women, Diabetes Caucus, Waiting List Caucus, Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus, and Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition.

Carol has extensive experience as a community volunteer.  Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A. (VP Ways and Means), Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five (Chair), Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church (Chair), Emergency Infant Services (Fundraiser Chair), Philcrest Tennis Club Board of Directors, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA (VP Ways and Means), Elder at First Presbyterian Church, YWCA, Board Member of the Junior League of Tulsa for 5 years and served as President of the Junior League of Tulsa 2001-02, YWCA Board of Directors and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. 

She married and has two daughters, Moriah a teacher in Kansas City and Nicole a student in Denver. Leisure time activities include bicycling, and travel.

Tulsa City Councilor Kara Joy McKee, District 4

Representative Monroe Nichols, District 72

Sunday, February 24: Religion & Community

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church (The Jubilee Center): 1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa


Rev. Cathey Edwards, Hope Unitarian Church

Rabbi Dan Kaiman, Congregation B’nai Emunah

Allison Moore, Community Activist

Allison has been educating the public about Muslims and Islam for over 20 years.  She was a past board member of OCCJ, the Islamic Society of Tulsa, the Tulsa Interfaith Alliances and Rebuilding Together Tulsa.  In 2012 she received the Paragon award and in 2016 she received the Pinnacle Award for her work helping the homeless community in Tulsa.  She is currently a board member and founder of a homeless shelter, The Surayya Anne Foundation.   Her next endeavor is building tiny homes or pods to help the mentally ill have a safe place to stay.


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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