Join the conversation on “The Struggle Against Global Terrorism” with Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School; Rod Stafford, Lead Pastor, Portland Mennonite Church and Ron Silver, Former Chief, Civil Division at U.S. Attorney.
Ronald K. Silver
Ronald K. Silver retired last August after a 33 year career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Ron was Chief of the Civil Division in Oregon from 2008-2014, overseeing all federal civil litigation in Oregon involving the United States. He was Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for Community Engagement his final year in the office. Over the last several years Ron forged strong relationships with Oregon’s Muslim community, including an active role with the Muslim Educational Trust. Ron also engaged Oregon’s African American and LGBTQ communities in his work for DOJ. Outside the office, Ron created active partnerships between students at MET and Congregation Beth Israel where he is a member. The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association awarded Ron their Public Justice award for his work enforcing federal Fair Housing laws. Ron teaches throughout the Pacific Northwest on the history of the Civil Rights Movement to students, teachers and Bar Associations. For over ten years Ron has led middle and high school students on Civil Rights history trips to Mississippi and Alabama. He has also been a member of the Northwest Community Gospel Choir for the past 16 years performanceing with the Oregon Symphony.
Rod has served as Lead Pastor at Portland Mennonite Church since 1999. He went to Seminary not planning to be a Mennonite or a minster, but the Spirit works in its own way. He grew up in the central valley of California, went to Berkeley where he graduated with a degree in Political Science, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Pasadena, California and Lawrence, Kansas. Rod and his wife Molly have two daughters, Julia and Laura, and live in NE Portland. Rod likes to ride bike, eat good food, hike in the mountains, and do the Sunday crossword with Molly.
Jihad Turk has been instrumental in the establishment of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to educate Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area.
His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh, or jurisprudence as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American-Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus on youth.
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Venue: Pacifica Institute, Portland
16217 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97267
Refreshments will be available!