Sunday, November 5
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles
The time is now!
What does it mean to be a patriotic American? Since the 2016 election, there seems to be no universal answer, with increasingly dividing views on religion, race, and politics. At our 17th annual convention, we will tackle the issues that seemingly divide us. Inspired by our faith, we will find the moral truths at the heart of our divide and forge a viable path towards bridging that divide.
Panels Tackling Pressing Issues
We will pursue common ground through our shared values. We will challenge the notion that there is no “middle ground” for opposing views and we will seek opportunities for bridging the divide that separates us.
Security & Civil Rights
America has always struggled in prioritizing the security of the nation over the civil rights of its citizens. Are the two mutually exclusive and does compromising one damage the effectiveness of the other?
Rethinking Religious Freedom
The fear of religious minorities at home and abroad has resulted in the use of religion as a tool for discrimination. Recently, the DOJ issued guidance that permits discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs. Was the Bill of Rights written to protect religious minorities or to project the beliefs of the religious majority onto the population?
Race & Nationalism
What does it really mean to be a patriotic American? We’ll explore the rich and complex range of characteristics that answer this question.