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When I was 14, we moved from Chetwynd, a small town in northern British Columbia (BC), to the big city of Vancouver, BC. As an Adventist teacher's kid, this wasn't particularly new. By the age of eight, I'd moved four times, covering the breadth of the country. But this time the loss was greater. Six years in Chetwynd made it the closest thing I had to a hometown. I did not want to move; but I didn't have a choice.
The closing event of the Third Way conference was a four-way panel discussion, moderated by Lisa Clark Diller. It took the form of a series of questions about interfaith experiences and lessons learned, answered in turn by each of the participants. The panelists were Muslim Amin Issa, Adventists Valerie Radu and Darleen Handal, and Jewish Deborah Levine. In addition to spanning a variety of faiths, they represented differences of age, race, culture and gender.