The emphasis of the First Friday program is on understanding religious diversity in the local community and beyond. Below are videos of previous First Friday discussions.

Current schedule of First Friday events.

May 2021

Conversation with Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D.Unity and Diversity in the Black Church
Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., 52nd Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church

Session Notes

April 2021

Conversation with Jasmeet Bansal: Sikhism in the Lehigh Valley
Jasmeet Bansal, Sikh Community Member

Session Notes

March 2021

Conversation with Eric Scott: A Conversation with a Second Generation Pagan
Eric Scott, Pagan Practitioner

Session Notes

February 2021

Conversation with Ely Levine: Ritual and Education in a Conservative Jewish Community
Ely Levine, Ph.D., Ritual Coordinator and Scholar in Residence, Har Zion Temple

December 2020

Conversation with Erika M. Sutherland: The Day of the Dead
Erika M. Sutherland, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College

November 2020

Conversation with Michael Prokup: Retrospect and Prospect of the Institute
Michael Prokup, Esquire
Advisory Board Member, Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding

September 2020

Conversation with Khurram Hussain: Religion, Islam, and Humanism
Khurram Hussain, Ph.D., Lehigh University

Session Notes

May 2020

Conversation with Dustin Nash: Conspiracy Theory, Crisis, and Religion
Dustin Nash, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College

Session Notes

April 2020

Conversation with Jessica Cooperman: Historical Perspectives on Religion and Pandemic
Jessica Cooperman, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College

Session Notes

March 2020

Understanding Religious Diversity: Moravian Church
Rt. Rev. Blair Couch, retired


February 2020

Ways of Understanding Religion(s)
William “Chip” Gruen, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College


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