Miami-Dade County

Former Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews to share stories of ‘pain and progress’

Can We Talk? ... Really, Can We Talk?
Can We Talk? ... Really, Can We Talk?

It’s no secret that South Florida is a diverse area, but can we really talk about our differences in an honest manner?

The MCCJ believes so.

Next month the group formerly known as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews is set to hold a discussion dubbed “Can We Talk? …Really, Can We Talk? Stories of Pain and Progress.”

The second annual event is intended to provide a platform for a frank discussion about the challenges the South Florida community faces in being inclusive of its diverse population.

“There are lots of sources of misunderstanding between various groups and this is an opportunity to explore that,” Roberta Shevin, the executive director of MCCJ.

The event will place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Wolfson Auditorium at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave.

Seven panelists from diverse backgrounds will share their stories at the event, to be moderated by David Lawrence Jr., president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and former Miami Herald publisher.

The panelist are Maria Figueroa Byrd, the president of the Junior League of Miami; Amy N. Dean, a retired judge and general campaign chair with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation; Marvin Dunn, an author and historian; Eric Knowles, president and CEO of Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce; Shabbir Motorwala of the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations; state Rep. José R. Oliva, R-Miami Lakes; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón.

“I think it’s important to share our stories,” Dean said. “There’s more that unites us than divides.”

The event will also include a question-and-answer segment.

The MCCJ seeks to establish a greater sense of understanding and respect among all cultures, religions and races. The organization hopes to continue the conversation on diversity with follow-up talks set to take place next year.

Shevin said the MCCJ is all about “making a difference one conversation at a time.”

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To reserve a spot contact the MCCJ at (305)-755-6096 ext. 10 or email by Nov. 25.

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