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Welcome to the 70th RNA Annual Conference!
Friday, September 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PANEL: Sanctuaries or Soft Targets? How Houses of Worship Are Grappling with the Threat of Attacks

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There was a time when houses of worship were considered safe spaces, sanctuaries that offered refuge and welcomed strangers. But several recent attacks at churches, Sikh temples, mosques and synagogues have left people of faith wondering how safe their sanctuaries are. This panel will explore the conundrum of protecting congregants while maintaining the sanctity of these sacred spaces.

Moderators
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Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group
@reporterdeepa  //    Deepa Bharath is a staff writer for the Southern California News Group, covering a wide range of issues including religion, health, demographics, cultures and extremism for the company's newspapers in the region. She has worked as a reporter for several Southern... Read More →

Speakers
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Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
@PardeepKaleka  //  I have had the honor of serving our community for the past 19 years, formerly serving as a Police Officer and an Educator working with “at-risk” high school youth in Milwaukee for 14 years. Currently, I’m the Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference... Read More →
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Rev. Mark Whitlock

Senior Pastor, Reid Temple AME Church
301-352-0320  //  Rev. Mark Whitlock is senior pastor of the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md. From August 1998 to July 2019, he served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, Calif., a church he grew from five members to nearly 4,000. During his time in California... Read More →
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Capt. Sasha Larkin

Las Vegas Metro Police Dept.
Sasha Larkin is a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for over 20 years. She currently commands Northwest Area Command Station which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and more than 180 officers and civilian staff under her... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A