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Friday, September 14 • 10:00am - 11:00am
PANEL: #MeToo in Sacred Spaces

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The #MeToo tsunami of 2017 and 2018 has reached into sacred spaces and religious organizations. Powerful evangelical pastors are facing new or renewed allegations of covering up sexual abuse ranging from harassment to rape. Mormons have been prompted to denounce "nonconsensual immorality" and to allow a second adult to be present in interviews by male leaders of teen girls on sexuality. Muslim women who have experienced sexual harassment during the Haj, the holiest of pilgrimages, started #MosqueMeToo. Similarly, female clergy and lay women, have reported abuse and harassment through #ChurchToo. In this panel, women share their first hand stories of assault, harassment, manipulation and abuse in religious settings, and how they and their faith communities respond.

Moderators
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Dina Zingaro

Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes

Speakers
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Vonda Dyer

teacher, Minerva Consulting
469-955-2505  //  @chelseakerVonda is most recently known as one of the key women who came forward in the Bill Hybels/Willow Creek story, initially reported in the Chicago Tribune in March 2018. Since then, Vonda has become a leading voice for the protection of women against clergy... Read More →
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Dr. Keren McGinity

Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program, Hebrew College
617-407-6925Keren R. McGinity wrote "American Jewry's #MeToo Problem: A First-Person Encounter" (NY Jewish Week 7/21/18) that led to the investigation and professional downfall of a prominent sociologist in the Jewish community. She is the inaugural director of the Interfaith Families... Read More →
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Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

Bishop, The United Methodist Church
724-776-1499  //  Bishop Moore-Koikoi was elected bishop of The United Methodist Church in July 2016 and began her assignment in the Pittsburgh Area on Sept. 1 of that year. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola College in Maryland, and a Masters of Arts... Read More →
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Sameera Qureshi

Director of Sexuality Education and Training, HEART Women and Girls
312-404-3779  //  @hearttogrowSameera Qureshi is Canadian, but currently calls the Washington, D.C. area her home. She holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Tufts University in Boston. In 2008, Sameera was contracted to a mental health capacity building team within... Read More →


Friday September 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Renaissance, 2nd Floor, Hayes B&C