The Abilene Interfaith Council will kick off the 2018-2019 year with an evening session called CEDAR Paneling.


Jacob Snowden

It isn’t exactly what it sounds like. CEDAR refers to Communities Engaging with Difference. And “Paneling” refers to a panel who will discuss their experiences when CEDAR met in Abilene over the summer.

The public is invited to the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Logsdon Chapel at Hardin-Simmons University.  Panelists will be Michael LeRoux, Christina Martinez, Melissa Milliorn, Kelvin Kelly, Grace Michell, and Jacob Snowden, president of the Abilene Interfaith Council.

In July, a group of CEDAR students or “fellows,” as they’re called, met in Abilene for two weeks. They came from a variety of countries. For two weeks, they met for classes at Hardin-Simmons, host site for the event, and visited numerous nonprofit, religious, cultural, and historic sites in Abilene and the region. Tom Copeland, a professor of psychology and director of the Honors Program at Hardin-Simmons, worked with CEDAR for over a year to plan the program in Abilene.

Copeland’s involvement came from a former Hardin-Simmons Honors Program student, Chad Moore, who contacted him over a year ago about HSU hosting CEDAR. Chad and his wife, Kendra Moore, are 2014 HSU graduates and both are working on doctorates at Boston University. And both were in Abilene with the CEDAR program. They learned about CEDAR from taking a class at Boston University from Adam Seligman, who founded CEDAR in 2003.



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