Mutual Curiosity

Join the Interfaith Center of Northeast for our new monthly “Mutual Curiosity” series. These events will have a blended format, so you can hear from a compelling speaker on an interfaith topic, ask them some questions and share discussion with diverse friends from across the Jacksonville community.  This monthly series will be a chance to showcase voices from our Board and our diverse religious community. 




Wednesday February 24


Black Abraham

Learn about Abrahamic religions interact with African And Black identities through celebration, storytelling and discussion as we recognize black history month.
Spealers: Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons on Civil Rights, the Black Church, and Islam, and
Sheila Spivey on the Black Church.
Hazzan Holzer from the Jacksonville Jewish Center is speaking about the Abayudaya Jewish community of Black Ugandans.
Father Matthew Ibok will talk about his multifaith work in his home nation.
Songs by Wil Kelly.

Jointly presented with UNF Interfaith Center

Thursday, December 17

6:30 – 7:30pm

A First Coast Christmas

Board member Lucinda Mosher and musicologist Patricia DeWitt presented a short concert by RareSong, a First Coast Renaissance music ensemble. Featuring seven professionally trained musicians singing and performing on recorders, viola da gamba, harpsichord and other historical instruments.  Their musical performances originally date back to when Europeans first settled in Northeast FL, from around 450 years ago. These pieces would have been known to colonists, either at home or here in their new homes in Florida.  RareSong brings this period to life again through musical performance, costumes, and a bit of dialogue.

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    program on YouTube

    Rare Song

    Tuesday, November 17

    6:00 – 7:00pm

    Nationalism, Religious Intolerance, and the Future of Interfaith Coalitions

    Conversations on religious intolerance across the globe. A discussion on current political leaders using religion and religious sites to demonstrate power. Discussing several recent events which demonstrate examples of religious intolerance. Including the conversion of Turkey’s Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque, Christian Nationalism in the US and India’s recent decline in religious tolerance.

    Panelists include:

    • Dr. Julie Ingersoll, Religious Studies Program Coordinator, UNF
    • Alex Sivar, Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida

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    Hagia Sophia Turkey Hagia Sophia Turkey

    Thursday, October 15

    6:30 – 8:00pm

    Faithful Voter – Election 2020 Interfaith Rally

    Discussion on the upcoming election, speaking on the links between civic engagement and faith traditions, and how faith leaders tie voting to their faith.

    Key note speaker is Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life.  Joey McKinnon, Board member and Florida Director of Faith Public Life will moderate the program with local faith leaders.

    Panelists include young Hispanic Catholic speaker, Melissa Cedillo, who is a Relational Voting Organizer and Harvard University Masters of Divinity student. As well as Areej Khokar from the UNF Muslim Student Association/Mosque Youth.

    Rev. Jennifer Butler & Joey McKinnon, Faith in Public Life.

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    Thursday, August 27

    6:30 – 7:30pm

    August’s Mutual Curiosity program was a discussion about how our society can work better to reconnect, to share our stories and promote tolerance.

    Themes from in Jack Jenkins new book ‘American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country’,  were discussed.

    Host: Matt Hartley
    Chair, Interfaith Center NEFL

    Thursday, June 18

    6:30 – 8pm

    ‘The Spirit of Juneteenth’ 

    June’s Mutual Curiosity program was an online collaboration of local African American faith leaders, in celebration of Juneteenth.

    Juneteenth. June 19, 1865. News of abolition reached the last enslaved black Americans, over 2 years after Emancipation Proclamation.

    To honor and teach Juneteenth, Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida and Faith in Public Life co-hosted music & conversation to celebrate, sing, learn, and talk how freedom continues to reach new frontiers

    Co-host: Od’Juan Whitfield of Faith in Public Life

    Panelists: Dr. Rudy F. Jamison Jr., UNF
    Rev. Juana Jordan, First Methodist, St. Augustine
    Kiara Alexis, Organizer
    Music from Wilford Kelly

    The Spirit of Juneteenth Resources


    Florida Times Union Article:
    Jacksonville faith leaders to celebrate historical victories in racial justice


    Co-host: Od’Juan Whitfield,
    Faith in Public Life

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    Saturday, April 4

    7 – 8pm

    Interfaith Power for Difficult Times: Responding with Compassion to the Coronavirus Crisis.

    Join the Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida for a Zoom Discussion on how we can respond together with compassion during the Coronavirus crisis. We will share wisdom from our traditions, actions we are taking as individuals, and discuss how we can work together in Northeast Florida to meet urgent needs.

    Several faith leaders will begin our discussion with short teachings from their traditions, including Pastor Phillip Baber with a Unitarian perspective.

    Phillip Babar

    Monday, March 16

    7 – 8pm

    “So You Want to Learn about your Neighbor’s Faith: What to Read or Watch for Great Information”

    Due to caution about the Coronavirus, we will be no longer meeting in person for the Monday March 16 education event with Dr. Lucinda Mosher but will be moving the gathering online. We want to ensure that no one is put at risk and that we in no way contribute to the spread of this dangerous virus.

    However, we are confident you will still have a rich experience with Dr. Mosher as she uses the Zoom Videoconferencing platform to share her talk.

    Lucinda Mosher, faculty associate in interfaith studies at Hartford Seminary, specializes in helping people to understand religious diversity and address multifaith concerns. She’ll talk about her multifaceted interfaith work as she introduces you to books, articles, videos, and websites full of accurate and useful information about America’s many religions.

    Dr. Lucinda Mosher

    Tuesday January 21 7-8pm

    “Non-Religious belongs in Interfaith”
    Kalilah Jamall, Interfaith Specialist at University of North Florida, will share what it’s like being Non-Religious involved in Interfaith communities. She’ll share her story of growing up in an African-American Muslim family and finding friends in college through Interfaith friendship.  

    Kalilah Jamall