News

Below is a listing of news items and announcements related to the Jay Phillips Center from the current academic year.  To see earlier events, please explore the archives:

An Interfaith Gathering on the Voting Rights Act: Act to Remember – Act to Restore

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Jewish Community Action, Jewish Community Relations Council, the National Council of Jewish Women – Greater Minneapolis, Minnesota Council of Churches, Council on American-Islamic Relations,  Shiloh Temple and Wellspring Second Chance are planning an interfaith event ...

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner to Speak April 29 at St. Thomas About Spirituality and Justice

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner will present “Listening for the Spirit of God in Our Pursuit of Justice: Spirituality and Justice in the Jewish Tradition” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Rabbi Rachel Timoner The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by theJay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a joint enterprise of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville.

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Concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish Music in Chapel April 23; ‘Backstage Preview’ in Roach Center April 22

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“Song of Wonder,” a concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.  Inspired by the poetry of a thousand years in their traditions, vocalists and string musicians Nirmala Rajasekar and David Jordan Harris designed the concert to probe the many facets of wonder as gateways to an illumined and impassioned life.  They will be joined by percussionists Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi and Mick LaBriola, ’ud player David Burk and vocalist Shruthi Rajasekar.

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Jay Phillips Center Special Consultant Rabbi Amy Eilberg Publishes Book on Jewish Wisdom and Peace

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In From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace (Orbis, 2014), Rabbi Amy Eilberg offers a practical guide to fulfillment of the Jewish religious commandment to “pursue peace” at all levels of life. What was your most important goal in writing your book? "My highest goal is to persuade people to think deeply about the commandment to seek and pursue peace, apply it to their own lives, and act boldly to serve the cause of peace, each in our own way."

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Film and Interfaith Program on Religion in Prison will be Held at UST Feb. 19

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The film “Pentecostalism in the Prisons of Rio” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.   Following the film, which documents the work of Minnesotan Andrew Johnson on why Pentecostalism thrives among inmate populations in Rio de Janeiro, local prison chaplains Rashed Ferdous, Robert Klanderud and Rabbi Lynn Liberman will participate with Johnson in a panel discussion on the role of religion inside prisons in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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Sister M. Christine Athans to Speak Here Feb. 10 on ‘the Jewish Mary’

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Sister M. Christine Athans, professor emerita at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, will present the lecture “In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology, and Spirituality” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Woulfe Alumni Hall North (Room 378A) of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Argentinean Rabbi to Speak Here Nov. 19 About Pope Francis and the Jewish People

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Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis, will present the lecture “Pope Francis and the Jewish People: From Catholic-Jewish Relations in Argentina to Catholic-Jewish Relations around the World” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Noted Sports Writer John Rosengren to Discuss His New Book on Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg Oct. 8

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In a program titled “Hank Greenberg: Baseball Star, Jewish Hero, American Legend,” award-winning journalist John Rosengren will discuss Greenberg’s legacy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the third-floor Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Jewish, Muslim Interfaith Activists From Jerusalem to Speak Here Oct. 1

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Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi (a Muslim judge) Iyad Zahalka, prominent interreligious dialogue activists from Jerusalem, will speak Oct. 1 and 2 in three St. Paul venues: the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University and Mount Zion Temple.

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