Interfaith Dialogue

How panelists' spiritual traditions speak to issues of ecology and/or poverty

President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge 2012–13

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.

For more information, please contact Joy Valania at 303-546-3517 or


Murshida Habiba Ashki Kabir is the guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community in Boulder. She has been responsible for leading the weekly celebration of unity for more than fifteen years. This community was started by Shaykh Nur al Jerrahi (aka Dr. Lex Hixon), a longtime member of the Board of Directors at Naropa. Habiba was present at the beginning of this community, traveling with Shaykh Nur to Naropa to lead a weekend seminar on ³The Treasures of Islam² and later was sent by him to Boulder to lead the circle. She is the author of the book, Embracing A New Planetary Consciousness.

Jeanine Canty, PhD, is the director of Naropa's School of Natural and Social Sciences. Jeanine's teaching at Naropa University focuses on addressing the ecological crisis through critical thinking, unraveling of worldviews, connecting with all of life, and aligning practices with ecologically healthy modes of being. Jeanine is involved with multiple social justice and consciousness–based organizations. She is interested in the process individuals go through to reach heightened awareness of environmental and social justice. Much of her understanding has come through her experience as an African American woman living in privileged communities.

Swamiji Dharmananda is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the science of Yoga, Hindu philosophy, and comparative religion. As the director of the International Vishwaguru Yoga and Meditation Institute (Rishikesh, India), he has given these teachings to students from all over the world for more than twenty-five years. He is the chief monastic disciple of the late Guru, Shri Vishwaguruji Maharaj. Swamiji's lectures—especially his mode of presentation with humor, stories and anecdotes—has earned him wide acclaim.

Rev. Steven K. Goodier is the district superintendent of the Denver Region of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Prescott Knock, executive director and co-founder of the Buddhist Coalition for Bodhisattva Activity, has a life-long passion for facilitating spiritual transformation. His early interest in architecture and design led him to study at Arizona State University and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin. It was there that Prescott experimented with creating spaces that foster intentional psychological states for transpersonal growth. This interest in spiritual development led him to complete a bachelor's degree in religious studies at UC–Santa Barbara, followed by a master's degree in Buddhist studies at Naropa University. During this time, he founded and led the Left Hand Canyon Ritual Circle.

Rabbi Marc Soloway has been the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom since August 2004, just a few months after his ordination from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Rabbi Marc's studies were also in his native London and Jerusalem. Before training to be a rabbi, he was an actor and a massage therapist. Rabbi Marc's journey to the rabbinate and to Boulder has been a long one with lots of interesting stops along the way! Rabbi Marc loves being in Boulder and at Bonai Shalom and looks forward to the relationship continuing to grow and blossom.

Lee Plenty Wolf is a Native American spiritual leader of the Ogallala Sioux community in the Denver region.


Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Joy Valania at 303-546-3517 or before February 5, to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed for you to participate fully in this event.