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Black History Month online discussion panel: Faith and Race in Oklahoma - February 7

Save the date! On Monday, February 7 at 6:00 pm, The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma Foundation is hosting a Black History Month online discussion panel: Faith and Race in Oklahoma. Join us at

Our panelists include:

Rev. Joseph C. Alsay

The Rev. Joseph C. Alsay has served as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church since 2010. Fr. Joe possesses an uncommon devotion for evangelism, liturgical renewal, interfaith dialogue and the role that the Church plays in promoting honest dialogue about ethnicity and culture.

DeBorah Boneta

DeBorah Boneta is a community advocate and motivational speaker, and serves as Islamic Prison Outreach Director at the Suraltul Nur Foundation in cooperation with CAIR-Oklahoma. DeBorah is passionate about her children and describes herself as "a Muslim American Hijab-wearing [businesswoman] that meets life head on."

Jermaine Peterson

Jermaine Peterson serves as the Coordinator of Students Connecting with Mentors for Success at Oklahoma City Community College. He appreciates that interfaith work helps those engaged see their fellow citizens as neighbors instead of "others."

Rev. DeCarla Steele

Rev. DeCarla Steele serves as the Senior Pastor at Israel Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Spencer, Oklahoma. Pastor DeCarla is passionate about gender equality, racial justice and reconciliation, and her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rep. Mauree Turner (they/them/theirs)

Rep. Mauree Turner (they/them/theirs) represents Oklahoma’s 88th House District and was formerly Regional Field Director for the Campaign for Smart Justice, an ACLU campaign focusing on criminal justice reform. Rep. Turner grew up believing in the power and duty they had to change the world for the better!


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