Spring Colloquium 2024 - New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue

Spring Colloquium 2024

The 29th Annual Spring Colloquium

The New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue invites you to attend our 2024 Spring Colloquium: Religion in the Modern World

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.       Doors open at 12:45         Light snacks provided

Location: Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

We look forward to our speakers helping us to share Religion in the Modern World as we consider questions such as:

  1. Why is religion still relevant in the lives of modern people when there are more logical and provable explanations for the mysteries of the universe?
  2. In a civilized and religious society, how are social, psychological, and emotional benefits indispensable to people?
  3. Will people abandon religion in modern society for a suitable substitute for social, psychological, and emotional benefits of religion?
  4. Do religious communities have a responsibility to evolve with the modern world? If so, how?


Rabbi Paul Citrin

Paul J. Citrin was ordained by the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1973. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1968. The focus of his rabbinate has always been in congregational life. His passions are education, Israel, and social justice. He is the author of several books, the co-editor of Gates of Repentance for Young People, published by CCAR Press in 2002, and the editor of Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions, published by CCAR Press in 2014.

Rabbi Citrin is married to Susan Morrison Citrin. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Reverend Seth Finch

Seth Finch has been a pastoral leader at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 2008. He grew up in small churches as a double PK (Pastor’s Kid), and has always seen the kind of relational ministry of the small church as what we should be striving for, even as a larger church, and that is the tone he tries to set at Covenant.

Seth received his Masters of Divinity from McCormick Seminary and a Master’s of Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. His extensive travels have led him to value different traditions, cultures, religions, and practices and as a result works a great deal to create connections between Covenant and other religious and community organizations across the city. At the core of his call to ministry is a sense that we are better working together–whether that be within the local church, the community, the larger church, or even beyond religious boundaries.

Seth is married to Tiffany Lo-Finch, who is the Administrator for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, and their kids Grace and Rowan are part of the lively children’s ministry at Covenant.

Leslie Naji

Leslie Naji is a Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Albuquerque. She is actively working to build stronger, resilient communities through embracing and restoring existing buildings that make up communities.

Raised as a Presbyterian, Leslie, upon hearing the principals of Islam, felt it better suited her beliefs. Through a time of hardship, she began praying for guidance and solution and struck a deal with God, to never question His existence. This has provided unending comfort.

Leslie is the mother of 5 ranging in ages from 42-22. She also has two grandchildren and several grand cats.


Moderator Gail Rubin

Gail Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist – that’s a death educator – who “knocked ‘em dead” with her Albuquerque TED talk “A Good Goodbye” in September 2015. She’s an author, speaker, and advocate for planning ahead for end-of-life issues. She is a past officer and board member of the New Mexico Interfaith Dialogue, helping start conversations across religions. She is also a member of the Albuquerque Chevrah Kaddisha and the cemetery committee for Congregation Albert synagogue.


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