Spring Colloquium

2020 Colloquium Topic

Faith in Action: a Bridge to Community

The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue holds an annual Colloquium in the spring, offering a full day of knowledgeable speakers providing though-provoking presentations on religious topics and discussion among audience participants.

Faith in Action: a Bridge to Community is explored by Jamal Martin, Kathy Freeze, Sarah Koplik, and John Bulten as the featured speakers at the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue’s 2020 Spring Colloquium.

The Colloquium will take place Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Road NE. Tickets to the event, which include breakfast and lunch, plus networking time, cost $40 ($20 for students). Register online through the secure PayPal link below.

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Substance of the day. Reality today includes tension, mistrust and divisions, yet a variety of diverse people and organizations work with courage, compassion and creativity to build and strengthen community by exercising their faith.

Join us as we look at contemporary expressions of faith in action, and ask questions such as:

  • How do we expand our limited views (tribalism) to be more inclusive?

  • Who is our neighbor?

  • How do you understand and build community per your faith tradition?
  • How, within and beyond our faith traditions, do we approach the tension between charity and justice as we reach out to help our brothers and sisters?

  • What do you see as a major challenge or opportunity in the near and longer term future?

The 2020 Colloquium speakers are:

Jamal Martín

Jamal Martin

Jamal lectures in Africana Studies and serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor African American Health, UNM HSC-Office for Community Health. He has carried out interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service through public health practice and epidemiology within local, national, and international settings. His investigations converge with ‘mind, brain and education sciences.’ As past Director of UNM Peace Studies, Dr. Martín recognizes structural violence as a global health challenge and advocates for strategic peace building education, and health diplomacy.


Kathy Freeze

Kathy Freeze

Kathy is the Director for the Center of Community Involvement at Catholic Charities of New Mexico. Her responsibilities include sharing the mission and vision of Catholic Charities with the community and building collaborations with Catholic and other faith communities to serve the most vulnerable. Her passion is in putting faith into action for ministries, families, youth and young children. As a graduate and inspired by the JustFaith program, she taught and coordinated numerous social justice forums, classes and outreach programs (on such topics of homelessness, dignity of life, refugees, hunger, advocacy, immigration, and poverty).



Sarah Koplik

Sarah Koplik

Sarah is the director of community outreach at the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. She edits the New Mexico Jewish Link, directs the Aaron David Bram Hillel House at UNM, and leads the federation’s Sephardic heritage program. Koplik has a doctorate in Middle Eastern history, and a master’s degree in Central Asian studies, both from the University of London. She is also the president of the North Campus Neighborhood Association.


John Bulten

John Bulten

John is the founder and executive director of East Central Ministries in Albuquerque’s International District. As a community developer, he lives out his Faith in authentic and practical ways among his marginalized neighbors. John and his partner, Morgan, value sustainable and simple living in their renovated Airstream located on their urban farm in the heart of the international District. Off the beaten path camping in northern NM brings joy and healing to his soul.




Rev. Frank Yates

Moderator: Rev Dr. Frank Yates

Rev Frank Yates is Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church and a Presbyterian minister for 45 years. He has taught part time at Numerous colleges and universities including UNM, teaching theology, ethics, world religions, philosophy and Biblical studies. He also lectures at Albuquerque OASIS.


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