Explore & Celebrate
World Religions and Spiritual Traditions
Open your heart. Expand your mind. Change the world.
What can you learn from other faiths? What do you know about other religions? What can Christians learn from Muslims, or Jews from Hindus, or atheists from believers? These are the questions we’ll explore at Open Heart Conversations. Whether you’re a devout follower of your faith, wisdom tradition, agnostic, curious, seeking a new spiritual path, or somewhere in between, there is wisdom to be found in understanding and connecting with different religions and spiritual traditions.
Open Heart Conversations is a place to meet, talk and learn about faith traditions and spiritualities. You are invited to open your heart and begin a journey of transformation to create mutual understanding, compassion and friendship. The Dalai Lama wrote, “Finding common ground among faiths can help us bridge needless divides at a time when unified action is more crucial than ever.”
You are invited to explore and celebrate spiritualities as varied and rich as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American Spirituality and African Wisdom Traditions. Experienced teachers and respected leaders will come and share their teachings, helping to foster respect, tolerance and human connection. Every month, we’ll expand upon a different world religion or spiritual tradition through guest speakers, art, music, interactive activities, Q&A, and panels.
Hosted by Rev. Dr. José M. Román and Rev. Arda Itez, Open Heart Conversations are open to the public and welcome to all.
March 31 - Zoroastrianism with Ferzin Patel, M.A.
May 19 - Bhakti Yoga as a Path to Awakening with Radhanath Swami
June 9 - Queer Spirituality: A Celebration of LGBTQ Spirit
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Tuvan Shamanism with ChokBar
Christianity with Rev. Dr. Dale Irving
Toltec with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. & don Jose Ruiz
Islam with Dr. Khadijah Matin
Judaism with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie
Hindiusm: Ramakrishna with Swami Shantatmananda
Interspirituality with Rev. Diane Berke
Buddhism with Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell
African Spirituality with Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens
Click here to watch past Open Heart Conversations or to watch on Livestream.