Vanessa Avery, "Love Thy Neighbor: Community-Building and the Process of Humanization"
Dr. Vanessa Avery invites you to this session to learn about the practice of interfaith community-building and how it offers a unique way to heal pervasive social divisions, polarizations, fears, misunderstandings, and bias, replacing these with understanding, compassion, trust, and love. How does community-building work to achieve these results? What are the resources needed for an effective and sustainable process? And what are some potential obstacles to success? Vanessa will offer insights from her work building sustainable interfaith communities in four cities– New Haven, Stamford, Chicago, and Toronto. Vanessa will also speak about the vehicles of architecture, sacred space, and radical hospitality, and how they help to accomplish the larger goals of a trusting community.