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Interfaith Traditions: Supporting Children and Youth During the Holidays in the Midst of a Pandemic

Monday, December 14, 2020
10 – 11:15 a.m.

Please join Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service and the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty for this important interfaith conversation about how to support children and youth during this upcoming holiday season. We will explore how COVID-19 affects the very faith traditions that so often provide us comfort during times of celebration and challenge.

The panelists will share the strategies they have used in their communities to address the ways children and young people experience loss. They will provide concrete solutions, ideas, and resources for how to cope during the holidays and make the best of possibly altered traditions and rituals.


  • Donald C. Garner, Ph.D., young adult pastor, Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York
  • Imam Khalid Latif, university chaplain, Global Spiritual Life at New York University
  • The Rev. Robert P. McLaughlin, M.S.W., Catholic chaplain, University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey
  • The Rev. Maressa Jaikumar, M.Div., ordained elder, Free Methodist Church

This event is organized by Anita Lightburn, Ph.D., of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty; Anne Williams-Isom, James R. Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare; and Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Ph.D., Quaranta Chair on Social Justice for Children.


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, parents, students, and the public.