First Islamic Conference in North Dakota Spurs Dialogue on Pluralism

April 17, 2005

Source: In-Forum News

On April 17, 2005 In-Forum News reported, "Sister Yvonne Nelson kicked off the first North Dakota Islamic conference Saturday with a snapshot of her childhood in small-town Montana that captured the event's mission... Nelson, a Catholic and the director of the Presentation Peace Studies Program in Fargo, was a part of an interfaith panel titled 'Working Together for the Common Good,' and her message about the importance of dialogue echoed throughout the panel discussion. The panelists stressed to an audience of about 100 at North Dakota State University's Memorial Union that people of different religious in this community need to talk - and find out they're not all that different. The conference, which organizers hope will become an annual event, had a dual goal: to take on local misconceptions about Fargo-Moorhead's Muslim community of about 4,000 and to encourage that community to reach out more confidently to their non-Muslim neighbors."