Practice What You Preach: Can World Religions Coexist? | Panel Discussion


Wednesday, March 27, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Chugiak High School Auditorium
16525 S Birchwood Loop Rd, Chugiak, AK, 99567

Event Type

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion that delves into the rich mosaic of religious diversity, as we bring together esteemed leaders from various faith traditions to explore the question: Can different religions in the world coexist?

In a world marked by cultural pluralism and global interconnectedness, understanding and fostering harmony among diverse religious beliefs is more crucial than ever. Our distinguished panel of religious leaders will engage in a nuanced conversation, sharing insights from their respective faiths and exploring avenues for mutual understanding, respect, and coexistence.

Meet the panelists

Heather Barbour is an attorney in Anchorage, and is a member and representative of the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage, Alaska (ICCAA), the largest Muslim community in Alaska. Heather was raised as a Christian, but began a serious study of Islam following 9/11 with a scholar in California, while in law school. She converted to Islam in 2004. Heather came to Alaska in 2007, and became involved with the ICCAA, where she later met her husband. Heather is a Sunni Muslim, and is involved with interfaith dialogue, outreach, and education.

Reverend Matt Schultz is the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage. He has a background in theology and community engagement and is involved with Christians for Equality, the Homelessness Leadership Council, and other advocacy groups dedicated to making a positive impact.

Father Simeon B Johnson (Khaakwaa √Česh) with the Saint Innocent Orthodox Cathedral.

Meet the moderator

Joel Potter is an associate professor of philosophy at UAA and associate dean – faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences. Joel completed his doctorate in philosophy at the State University of New York at BUffalo with a dissertation on the role of the emotions in philosophical inquiry. A father of three, Joel enjoys spending time with his family, walking, reading, fishing, and facilitating discussions about the big questions.

  • Check-in will begin at 11:30am with seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The program will begin at 12:00pm.
  • Those with online reservations do not need to present ticket confirmation at the door, we will have all confirmed attendees on a list at check-in.
  • Online registration closes at 6:00 pm on March 26. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door the next day, unless the program is sold out. Contact with any questions.