Panel: What Humanists Can Bring to Interfaith Dialogue
Friday, May 27 | 1:50pm – 2:40pm
Panel description coming soon!
Rebecca Armstrong has worked as a humanist minister for over two decades, giving talks, writing articles, officiating weddings and providing various forms of counseling to individuals and couples. She is a graduate of the Humanist Institute and worked as a mentor with one of the classes. She has graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, Meadville-Lombard Unitarian-Universalist Seminary and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. For 12 years she worked as the International OutReach Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and in that capacity participated in designing plenary sessions for the Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago (’93), South Africa (’99) and Barcelona (’04). She attended the most recent Parliament in Salt Lake City this past year. She teaches courses in comparative religion and ethics at Indiana University and DePaul University in Chicago.
Mel Lipman is an attorney licensed to practice in New York and Nevada. After retiring from full-time legal practice, he worked as an arbitrator and mediator while teaching Constitutional Law and US History at Nevada State College and at the Nevada campus of the University of Phoenix.
He is a past president of the American Humanist Association and is a Trustee and Treasurer of The Humanist Foundation, the American Humanist Association’s endowment fund. He is also the chair of AHA’s board Nominating Committee.
Mel is a former board member of The Humanist Institute and was recently a mentor in the three year course in Humanism given by the Institute. He also served as Vice-President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. For the past 25 years Mel has been a Humanist celebrant, licensed by the state of Nevada to officiate at weddings and is on the board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada.
Mel was president of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas from 1987 to 1993 and was on the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Pacific Southwest District’s Leadership Training School. He is currently a “fellow” at the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Symposium.
He is a founding member of the Humanist Association of Las Vegas Nevada, serving as its president for 6 years and now as a board member.
Paula Rochelle has been a Humanist for 35 years. She served on the AHA Board in the 1990′s.
Andrew Sheperd’s bio is coming soon!
Ben Wade has been a Humanist since his youth. He was Southeast Regional Coordinator for the AHA in the 1980′s.