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Invited Speaking Engagements

One of my favorite things to do professionally is facilitate and take part in interfaith and intercultural dialogue. I have given academic talks and guest sermons at churches, mosques, temples, colleges, and universities. Below is a photo taken at the East Texas Islamic Society. I have spoken at a great variety events. This includes several occasions at the University of Texas at Tyler (including a panel on the Syrian Refugee Crisis), UT Dallas, Stephen F Austin University, Wiley College (an historically Black Texas college), the UT Biomedical Research Center, the TJC Honors Program, the TJC Black Student Association, the TJC Arts Festival, the TJC Planetarium (CESSE), the Tyler Public Library, area churches (including congregations in Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches, and Lufkin), the East Texas Islamic Society, and both of Tyler’s synagogues. The central theme of nearly all of these talks has been promoting understanding and cooperation between diverse communities. My community outreach has been highlighted by several local news affiliates, including the Tyler Morning Telegraph and CBS 19.

8 Apr 2019 – Speaker

The Kaaba: the Center of the Islamic World

Tyler Junior College, Jenkins Hall (J1109)


6 Jan 2019 – Speaker

Sibling Rivalry in the Bible

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


19 Oct 2018 – Speaker

God & the Holocaust: Four Jewish Responses

Invited Lecture at the University of Texas, Tyler Campus


7 Oct 2018 – Speaker

Forgiveness in the Torah

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


17 Apr 2018 – Speaker/Moderator

Hearing Each Other: Tolerance & Interfaith Dialogue

Featuring Rabbi N. Katz, Rev G. Brandt, & A. Khalifa (Tyler Mosque)

Wise Auditorium, Tyler Junior College (Media Spot: CBS)


13 Apr 2018

Dr. Zsuzsi Ozsváth, Holocaust Survivor: Yom HaShoah Presentation

Nishmat Am (Conservative Synagogue)


10 Apr 2018 – Speaker

The Book of Kells: Irish Christianity’s Most Cherished Artifact

Tyler Junior College, Library


4 Mar 2018 – Speaker

The Righteous at Yad Vashem

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


22 Feb 2018 – Committee Member / Organizer

TJC Distinguished Lecture Series: Judge Morris Overstreet

Jean Browne Theatre, Tyler


2 Feb 2018 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Brothers in Genesis

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


12 Nov 2017 – Speaker

Beth El, Hebrew High class: Early Christianity

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


5 Nov 2017 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Sibling Rivalry & Interfaith Dialogue

UU Church of Longview


16 Oct 2017 – Speaker

Honors Colloquium: On Religious Tolerance

Tyler Junior College, Wise Auditorium


30 Sep 2017 – Speaker

Yom Kippur Sermon: There’s No Bottom

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


17 Sep 2017 – Speaker

Antisemitism in America

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


29 July 2017

Shabbat Service with Campers

Greene Family Camp, Texas


25 July 2017 – Speaker

Interfaith Discussion Panel

Wiley College, Marshall


21 July 2017 – Speaker

Shabbat Sermon: The Jews of Ireland

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


21 July 2017 – Speaker

FIlm Interview for One God, Three Faiths

San Antonio filmmaker


7 July 2017 – Speaker

Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Balak (“A People Who Dwells Alone”)

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


20 June 2017

Open House at the Mosque

Longview Islamic Center


21 May 2017 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Teshuvah and Isaac Singer’s The Penitent

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


7 May 2017

Texas Peace Summit

First Christian Church, Tyler


24 Apr 2017 – Speaker

The Philosophy of Star Wars

Tyler Junior College, Library


9 April 2017 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

UU Church of Longview


26 March 2017 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


11 January 2017 – Panelist

Professional Development: Diversity Roundtable

Tyler Junior College, Jenkins Hall


20 November 2016 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Confucianism

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


4 November 2016 – Panelist

Faith & Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy

Stephen F. Austin University


20 October 2016 – Speaker

The Scope & Philosophy of Science

Public Science Lecture Series: Center for Earth & Space Science Education


12 October 2016 – Speaker

Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon: On Solitude

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


21 September 2016

Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal

University of Texas at Tyler


18 September 2016 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Golden Age of Islam

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


20 August 2016 – Speaker

The Golden Age of Islam

East Texas Islamic Society (Tyler Mosque)


11 July 2016 – Speaker

Islam with Anwar Khalifa

First Methodist Church, Nacogdoches

6 May 2016 – Speaker

Yom HaShoah Sermon: Beth El's Holocaust Scroll

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


1 May 2016 – Speaker

Yom HaShoah Presentation

Ahavath Achim (Conservative Synagogue), Tyler


10 April 2016 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Biblical Marriage

UU Church of Longview


30 March 2016 – Speaker

Islam with Anwar Khalifa

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches


18 March 2016 – Speaker

Honors Coffee Hour: ISIS & the Middle East

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center


17 March 2016 – Speaker

African Americans & Jewish Americans: A Shared History

Address to the Black Student Association

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center


26 February 2016 – Speaker

Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Ki Tisa

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


18 February 2016 – Speaker

Public Panel Discussion: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

University of Texas at Tyler


30 January 2016 – Speaker

Ubuntu, Levinas, and Ethics in Africa

Stephen F. Austin State University


15 December 2015 – Speaker

Multicultural Series: Islam with Anwar Khalifa

Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches


18 October 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People

Timberland UU Fellowship, Lufkin


16 October 2015 – Speaker

Shabbat Sermon: Parashat Noah

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


11 October 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Biblical Marriage

UU Church of Tyler


23 September 2015 – Speaker

Yom Kippur Afternoon Sermon: Totality & Infinity

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


21 September 2015

Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal

Marvin United Methodist Church


20 September 2015 – Speaker

Film Discussion: One Peace at a Time

Taylor Auditorium, Tyler Public Library


26 July 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Homosexuality & the Bible

UU Church of Tyler


12 July 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People

UU Church of Longview


2 July 2015

Islamic Community Open House

East Texas Islamic Society


31 May 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People

UU Church of Tyler


10 May 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Way of the Dao

UU Church of Longview


22 April 2015 – Speaker

Film Discussion: The Last Temptation of Christ

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center


10-11 April 2015

Great Plains Honors Conference

South Padre Island, Texas


22 February 2015 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Christian Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

UU Church of Tyler


20 February 2015 – Speaker

Shabbat Sermon: Islam & the Jewish People

Congregation Beth El (Reform Synagogue), Tyler


9 December 2014 – Speaker

The Philosophy of Bioethics

Biomedical Research Center, University of Texas at Tyler


28 November 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Way of the Dao

UU Church of Tyler


24 November 2014

Holocaust Speaker: Inge Aurbacher

Tyler Junior College, Apache Room


25 October 2014

Islamic Community Open House

East Texas Islamic Society


21 September 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Way of the Buddha

UU Church of Longview


19 September 2014

Honors Coffee Hour: Hegel & the Sublime

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center


17 September 2014 – Panelist

Honors Colloquium: Artists, Philosophers, and Scientists

Tyler Junior College, Wise Auditorium


15 September 2014

Art of Peace Festival: Peace Meal

East Texas Food Bank


5 September 2014

Honors Coffee Hour: The Islamic State

Tyler Junior College, Rogers Center


24 August 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Aristotle & the Happy Life

UU Church of Tyler


26 July 2014

Breaking of the Ramadan Fast

East Texas Islamic Society


29 June 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Confucius and Chinese Philosophy

UU Church of Tyler


6 April 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: Hinduism and the Four Aims of Life

UU Church of Tyler


2 March 2014 – Speaker

Guest Sermon: The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

UU Church of Tyler