Spring 2017 Colloquium Schedule

Hospitality for Strangers and Legal Sanctuary: Interfaith Perspectives

April 28th, 2017 

The Stewart Room

8:30 – 9:00    Coffee

9:00 – 9:30   Introduction & Opening Remarks: Stephanie Quintana-Martinez

9:30 – 10:30  Keynote I: Amos Yong, “Hospitality, Sanctuary, and the Other: What Would the Apostles Do?” (Fuller theological seminary)

10:30 – 10:35 Coffee

10:35 – 11:45 PaneL: Sanctuary Conversation: From Sanctuary to Freedom

Moderator: Yasmin Yonis

  1. Carl Lipscombe, “From Sanctuary to Freedom” (BAJI)—30 min presentation

Talkback facilitated by moderators from:

  1. Ravi Ragbir, “Sanctuary, Freedom and Responsibility” (New Sanctuary)
  2. Nora Hirozawa, “Educational Institutions and the Fight for Sanctuary

Followed by conversation with audience facilitated by moderator.

11:45 – 12:15  Lunch

12:15 – 1:00  Keynote II: Pastor Alison Harrington, “Welcome the Stranger” (Southside Presbyterian Church)

1:00 – 2:00    Sanctuary and Media Panel

  1. Ravi Ragbir – Director of New Sanctuary
  2. André Daughtry – Conversations of Media Strategies around Sanctuary
  3. Joseph Leduc – Student organizing
  4. Ross Upshaw – Clergy activism

2:00–4:00NYC Presentations: How to Get INvolved?


Interfaith Center of US: Muhammad Shahidullah

Ravi Ragbir: New Sanctuary

Gregory M. Halzen: Immigrant Justice Community Organizer

Luciano Kovacs: World Student Christian Federation Executive for North America

2:00 – 2:20  Faith in New York Presentation (Stewart Rm)

Gregory M. Halzen, Immigrant Justice Community Organizer

2:20 – 3:20   Short Communications

Islam at the Crossroads (Stewart Rm)

Moderator: Suzanne Schneider

  1. Matthew Anderson, “Blasphemy Law and Accommodation of Scholars” (Georgetown)
  2. Hasan Azad, “Islamic Moderns: Muhammad Iqbal and the Modern Islamic Self” (Columbia)
  3. Conrad Fischer, “12th century Knights Hospitallers and 21st century ISIS: What’s the difference?” (UTS)

Biblical and Historical Roots of Non-Violent Action (rm 203)

Moderator: V.K. McCarty

  1. Damiano Migliorini, “An Hospitable Gaze: between Biblical Echoes and Nonviolent Spirituality” (Univ. of Padua)
  2. Nicholas Soy “The Legacy of Philoxenia in American Orthodoxy” (Fordham)
  3. Zachary Pierce “Let Us not be Like Sodom: Revisiting the Cultural Critique of Genesis 19 in an Age of Refugee Crisis” (UTS)

3:20 – 4:20     Short Communications

History, Modernity on the Issues of the Other  (Stewart Rm)

Moderator: Suzanne Schneider

  1. Roberto Alejandro “Reflections on Hospitality and Sanctuary from a Hip-Hop & Poverty Journalist” (Durham)
  2. Randy Goldson “Exodus Polemics: David Walker and the Politics of Inclusion” (Temple)
  3. Remi Alapo, “Building Bridges: The Methodology of Welcoming our Religious Other: One Family under God” (Unification)

Hospitality and Sanctuary in Late Antiquity and the Early Christian Centuries (rm 203)

Moderator: V.K. McCarty

  1. VK McCarty “Thekla the Protomartyr: Refuge in Hospitality” (GTS)
  2. Sergey Trostyanskiy “Imperial Persecution and Accommodation of Dissidents during the Time of Justinian” (UTS)
  3. Matthew Buccheri, “Come as You Are: A Look at Christian Hospitality throughout the Ages” (GTS)

4:20 – 5:00   Accompaniment Training  (Stewart Rm)

  1. Ravi Ragbir: New Sanctuary
  2. Rev. Luis-Alfredo Cartagena Zayas, Outreach Park

Avenue Christian Church (DoC)/UCC, New Sanctuary Coalition NYC; Micah Faith Table Immigration Chair

5:00 – 6:00 Recapturing the Narrative (Stewart Rm)

Moderator: Conrad Fischer

  1. Conrad Fischer. “Engaging the American public to help Syrians”
  2. Arthur Prancan [Viesturs Pranctus], “Displaced Persons from Baltic States: Lives interrupted, not stopped” (Touro).
  3. Irene Kapustina, “Lost and Guided” A New Play on Refugees premiering August 2017 in NYC.  The Angle Project: New York

5:00 – 6:00    Exegesis across Traditions (Rm 302)

Noderator: Suzanne Schneider

  1. Rabbi Joshua Jackson, “In Search of Greatness Through a Shared Experience” (Brookdale)
  2. Tobias Pinckney, “Who Are God’s Laborers? Luke 10 and 21st Century Refugee Opportunities” (UTS)