calendar icon 20 Aug 2019 clock icon 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
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Increase in Stress and Anxiety in Abrahamic Faith Cultures

The increased evidence and visibility of faith-based hate activity globally has local impact. Join local spiritual leaders from the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Islam, Christianity, in a discussion about the repercussions of growing religious intolerance on human hearts and minds.

Moderator: Dr. Rahul Kashyap
Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director at CAIR
Rabbi Shloime Greene, Chabad of Southern Minnesota
Carl-Eric Gentes, associate pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Jaylani Hussein is currently the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience in working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual “Visionary Leader” Award. Hussein received the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He was also named the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by JCI. In 2016, Hussein was appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. He received the 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards for Social Justice. In 2018, Jaylani was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list of among the emerging business and community leaders.

Hussein appears regularly on Minnesota’s local television and radio stations. He has also appeared national and international outlets including ABC News, CNN, FOX BUSINESS, NPR, BBC among other outlets.

Hussein’s family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

Rabbi Shloime was born in Rochester, Minnesota. Following high school he attended the prestigious Tomchei Tmimim Rabbinical College in Argentina & New York. After graduating Rabbinical College he was selected to serve the Jewish community of Brussels, Belgium.

Shloime spent the following years in Israel where he was a student and teacher’s assistant at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and as a Rabbinical Intern for Chabad of Hebron, Israel, assisting I.D.F. soldiers on the frontline, and received his Rabbinical Ordination there. He then returned home as assistant chaplain of Chabad on Call in Rochester.

After marriage, Shloime served three years as the Youth and Teen Director at Chabad of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Shloime has a special connection to Rochester as the place of his birth and home to his parents. He is passionate, as a 5th generation Minnesotan, to bring authentic and contemporary Jewish outreach home.

Rabbi Shloime serves at the Director of the Southern Minnesota Center for Jewish Life and Executive VP of Chabad of Southern Minnesota.

Rev. Dr. Carl-Eric Gentes serves as Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Rochester and is engaged locally in many interfaith and anti-racism efforts. As part-time faculty at Augsburg University, he teaches vocation through interfaith encounter with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. His academic work interrogates how the distinction between humans and animals has been used to construct difference between Christians and non-Christians.