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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2018 Trialogue Series

Join religious and community leaders in February 2018 for the 35th Annual Trialogue Series. The theme for the annual series is "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" 

Sponsored by OCCJ and funded in part by the Tulsa Library Trust’s Alfred E. Aaronson Lecture Series Endowment, the three-part discussion series is scheduled for February 4, at Temple Israel, February 11 at Antioch Baptist Church, and February 18 at Peace Academy. Each session is from 2 to 4 p.m. 

February 4: Mapping my neighborhood

What does your neighborhood look like? What do you consider to be your Tulsa? Join us for a journey in locating ourselves in comparison to others within Tulsa. 

February 11: Mapping my connections to other neighborhoods 

What perceptions do we have about our neighborhoods and neighbors? Who is telling the narrative of your neighborhood? 

February 18: Who is my neighbor? What is my role as a neighbor? 

How can we "neighbor"? How can we best support each other in order to thrive as a city? This session includes presentations from City of Tulsa Chief Resilience Officer DeVon Douglass, as well as a representative from the Community Service Council. 

The program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. 

For more information about the 2018 Trialogue Series, contact Sarah Rana at or call 918-583-1361. 

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