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SWIFT Speaker's Forum on Faith-Based Diversity and Equity

Jun 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Lynne Muhammad
Dr. Lynne Muhammad is a biology professor at American Islamic College, and Science Dept chair at Whitney Young Magnet High School. A member of the Chicago Teachers Union, she holds a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Science in Education and Doctor of Education. She has numerous certifications in Education, and a Learning Design and Technology Certificate, and was at Harvard Extension School. She is a member of the Executive Council at The Mosque Cares – Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed. A 2017 & 2018 nominee for the Golden Apple Award. She is an author of various publications, a teacher and Microgreen Gardener. She coined the name STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Math) to help educators and students understand the overlapping nature of the core academic curricula and the importance of using an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems.
Rev. Norval Brown
Rev. Norval Brown was born on June 17 1954, the 251st anniversary of the birth of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. He currently is the lead pastor of the Cary United Methodist Church in Cary, IL. Pastor Norval’s education includes a BA from The University of Chicago, Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He serves on various board and agencies of the church and community. He brings gifts in spiritual formation to the Church as he is called to lead retreats, revivals, and individual spiritual direction. He has served large parishes and small parishes; African American, predominantly Anglo, and multi-racial; urban and suburban. He has served as a campus minister and an adjunct faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Rena Singer
Rabbi Rena Singer joined Temple Sholom on July 1st, 2020, shortly after being ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Singer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University. She spent two years at New York City’s Hadar Institute, an experientially immersive and innovative yeshiva. She and a close friend, Rabbi Frank, sought to engage with today’s younger generation and created Modern Ritual - a Jewish Instagram account with relevant and timely posts about holidays and Jewish concepts. Rabbi Singer learned how to use social media as an educational tool and today boosts over 14,000 followers. Rabbi Singer is settling into her new life in Chicago, including moving the Lakeview neighborhood and looking forward to bringing her Torah and Talmudic learning and teaching to Temple Sholom.