FindStrengthInDiversityHickory – Diversity can be difficult. For some, merely mentioning the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict. But as noted in a 2014 article in Scientific American, “decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that simply being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working.”

Do you embrace diversity or try to avoid it? What do Judaism, Christianity and Islam have to say about the topic? The Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) invites you to join us on Thursday, June 29, 7-9pm in the Belk Centrum at Lenoir-Rhyne University for our annual assembly and a discussion on Finding Strength In Our Diversity by local leaders from the three major Abrahamic traditions.

“In Hebrew the name Abraham means the ‘father of many’” according to Rev. Donald Flick, President of CVIC. “So we thought it would be interesting to have representatives of the three major Abrahamic traditions talk about the tenets of their faith in a way that shows what we have in common and how there is strength in our diversity.”

At the end of the evening, CVIC members will select a new Board to carry on the work of fostering acceptance and respect for all. CVIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of faith-based and secular communities serving as a catalyst for hope and cooperating for the purpose of dialogue, information sharing, and celebration in the Catawba Valley.

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