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We Have to Talk is a network of interfaith spiritual leaders from across Southwest Pennsylvania: over 500 clergy and lay people who gather to build relationship across our diverse traditions through conversation and action.

Our network's core principles are named in our statement of purpose, Living Faithfully With One Another.

We Have to Talk offers both large thematic gatherings and small, informal "Spiritual Leader Spaces" throughout the year. The key organizing partners are Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania and the Center for Loving Kindness at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh.

Our network began in the days immediately following the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018. Should we cancel a planned interfaith gathering the following week? we wondered. No, we agreed. Because: we have to talk.

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College Students


We Have to Talk ...

Faith on Campus

Thursday, June 20, 2024

10 AM - 11:30 AM

Room 310

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

5738 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

In the wake of demonstrations at universities across the United States, how are campus spiritual leaders navigating the challenging work of building interfaith understanding? How do events on campus resonate with people of faith across the community? On June 20, we will hear from local college and university spiritual leaders about the realities and the hopes for a better future -- and as always, we'll have opportunities for dialogue and conversation.

Our speakers include:

  • Dr. Kunal Bhanot, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Carlow University

  • Siobhan DeWitt, recently retired as Director of Campus Ministry at Carlow University

  • Daniel Marcus, Executive Director and CEO of the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

  • the Rev. Jennifer Peters McCurry, Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Yousef Tamimi, doctoral candidate at Carlow University

This morning is also an opportunity to meet Rabbi Hindy Finman, incoming Director of the Center for Loving Kindness, and to wish Rabbi Ron Symons well in his next chapter.

Admission is free, and registration (via the form below) is much appreciated but not required. Plan to enter the JCC via the parking garage on Forbes Ave, and allow time to check in with security at the door if you are not a JCC member.

This event is intended primarily for spiritual leaders: clergy and religious and those holding lay leadership roles in houses of worship and faith institutions across Southwest Pennsylvania. 


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