AG2018 Friday Pre-event – Interfaith Learning Event

Interfaith Friendship in the Shadow of the Holocaust:
Lessons past and present

Annual Gathering Pre-event: A Learning Opportunity Offered by CENTRAL Wisconsin Seminary Site
9:30 AM – 12 NOON @ Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church [3456 N. 38th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin]

Come to a moderated panel discussion and an intertextual study on “Interfaith Friendship.”  Drawing on the historical work by ABCUSA General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer,  Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust, a panel including local representatives from Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Baptist traditions will examine what Interfaith Friendship looks like today.  What are the lessons we can learn from Baptist responses to the rise of anti-Semitism in the 20th Century?  What might those lessons as well as current questions reveal about the value of Interfaith Friendship in responding to bigotry and injustice today?

Light morning snacks will be provided. An RSVP is appreciated, though not required.

American Baptists of Wisconsin: Please indicate your interest in attending this event via your Annual Gathering registration form by 9/27.

All guests, please RSVP to if you are able.

0.2 CEUs will be available for the event.  Please contact if you anticipate receiving credit.


Rachel Baum

Dr. Rachel Baum is a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, teaching on The Holocaust; contemporary Jewish cultural theory; Jewish philosophy; Jewish identity; Jewish feminism.  She is also Deputy Director of the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Holocaust Education and Resource Center, part of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.


Janan Atta-Najeeb  

Janan Najeeb, a founding member and the current President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition has been a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, hospitals, and a wide range of community groups. In addition, Ms. Najeeb directs the Islamic Resource Center on the south side of Milwaukee, which hosts Wisconsin’s first Islamic public lending library.

Swarnjit S. Arora

Dr. Swarnjit S. Arora is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is Sikh representative to and Cabinet Member of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, and he is a frequent contributor to local media on matters pertaining to the Sikh faith and Interfaith cooperation.


Archie L. Ivy

Rev. Dr. Archie L. Ivy has been pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee for more than 20 years.  He has extensive experience serving in both American Baptist and National Baptist leadership positions.  Having served as a school administrator in the Milwaukee Public School system, he proudly labels himself pastor/teacher in his ongoing ministries.

Richard P. Olson

Dr. Richard P. Olson is recently retired from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, where he was Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Theology. He has had extensive ministry experience as a pastor in a variety of congregational settings. He studied at the United States Holocaust Museum and has had career-long participation in ecumenical organizations and inter-faith dialogue.  He has authored several books including Side by Side: Being Christian in a Multifaith World. He will moderate the panel discussion.

John Jones

Dr. John Jones is Associate Regional Minister – Education for ABC/WI and Site Coordinator for CENTRAL Wisconsin, a site of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, housed in the ABC/WI offices.  He has taught theology, ethics, and other courses for the site since 2008.  He will serve as host for this event.



Lee Spitzer (author)

Although Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer will not be able to be present for this conversation, his text, Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship, published in 2017, has served as the seed from which this event was developed into a collaborative effort with Interfaith partners.

Rev. Dr. Spitzer is General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA.


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