Are our churches, synagogues and mosques havens of civility and calm in a tumultuous world? How do members of faith communities deal with internal conflict? How do they hold fast to their core beliefs while engaging, in a civil manner, with people who hold differing beliefs?
As part of our ongoing Civility Project, the City Club will explore how our faith communities deal with controversial or contentious issues. We will engage with a panel of lay leaders of different faiths to talk about how civil discourse works, or doesn’t work, within and among places of worship. And as always, your questions are welcome.
Beth Brisbane Harbison is co-director of education and teen adviser at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel. Prior to becoming a religious educator, Beth taught and consulted in public and private schools in New York, California, North Carolina, and Idaho.
Susie Pouliot is the CEO of the Idaho Medical Association. She is an active member of the Cathedral of the Rockies/ First United Methodist Church, serving as a member of the church council, chairperson of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, co-chair of Connecting Cathedral Women, leadership team for the Women’s Winter Gathering and a hospitality team member for the 11:30 service.
Phillip Thompson is a sixth-generation Idahoan and past president of the Islamic Center of Boise. He is currently the director and board president of the Idaho Black History Museum that is housed in what was the first African American church in Idaho, St. Paul Baptist Church, founded by his great great grandfather. Before his current position with the museum he had a career in IT and owns a small IT company. He is also a local coach with Vista-PAL boxing
Jon Young is an engineer at Micron and a U.S. Army veteran. Jon is an active member of the Rosecreek Ward, Boise Idaho West Stake. His church callings include assistant scout leader, Sunday school teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, stake missionary and in various ward young men's and elder's quorum presidencies.