Crucial Conversations: Creativity and Religious Expression

by Tri-Faith Initiative Contact

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Digital Event


What's happening?



How do you express your creativity?


How does that expression connect to your religious or other social identity?


Join Program Director Amanda Crichlow Silva for this Crucial Conversation as we explore in community the intersections of creativity, art, and religious identity.


This Crucial Conversation expands on ideas discussed in Abraham’s Whiteboard: Faith Becomes Art, Art Becomes Faith. Crucial Conversation attendees are encouraged -- but not required -- to attend or watch the recording of this month’s Abraham’s Whiteboard as well.


Crucial Conversations invite community members to come together to discuss the more difficult aspects of religion. Often at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender expression, and sexuality, religion has played a role in limiting or erasing those identities. Yet, religion continues to play a large role within our society. 


At Tri-Faith Initiative, we recognize the continued tension between such identities and religion. These conversations are essential to bring our community together, to build empathy and understanding, and to celebrate the identities that make us who we are.


This online event is welcoming and affirming to all to be open and willing to discuss these topics.

About the organization

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope. It brings together into permanent residency a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland. By its very model it challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in civil life in a religiously pluralistic society. The Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create a more inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative. The Tri-Faith Initiative is made up of three Abrahamic faith groups who have chosen to be in relationship together as neighbors on one campus, committed to practicing respect, acceptance and trust. Our three members are of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths: Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church (UCC), and The American Muslim Institute.