2009 - 2010

Karen Schierman Says ‘Thank You for 21 Wonderful Years’ at St. Thomas

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Karen Schierman, who is retiring as associate director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning of the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, sent this note of thanks to the St. Thomas community:

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March 19 lecture here to examine ‘Underhanded Means of Addressing Marginalization in Genesis’

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Author Dr. Beth Kissileff will discuss “The Way of Women is Upon Me: Underhanded Means of Addressing Marginalization in Genesis” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Free and open to the public, the talk is part of the Feminist Friday series of lectures sponsored by the center for women; this month’s presentation is co-sponsored the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided.

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Center for Interfaith Learning to co-sponsor two Seders

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The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning is co-sponsoring two upcoming Seders, an annual ritual that retells the story of Passover through ritual, readings and a shared meal.

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World religions scholar to discuss the value of interfaith relations in talk here March 11

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Harold Kasimow, a prominent scholar of world religions, will discuss “How Interfaith Engagement Enriches Our Lives” in an 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. lecture Thursday, March 11, in the chapel of the St. John Vianney Seminary, located on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Twin Cities Jews and Muslims to participate in ‘Weekend of Twinning’ Nov. 13-15

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Congregations from four Jewish synagogues and four Muslim mosques will pair off throughout the Twin Cities this weekend, Nov. 13 to 15, for a “Weekend of Twinning” that is designed to break down stereotypes, promote interfaith understanding and combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

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Please Remember in Your Prayers Rabbi Max Shapiro

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Please remember in your prayers Rabbi Max A. Shapiro, rabbi emeritus of Temple Israel, Minneapolis, and co-founder and former director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas.

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John Merkle named director of Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

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John Merkle, professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, has been named director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, which is co-sponsored by St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas.

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Amy Eilberg, Wael Khouli, Charles Lutz: Peace is not a competition among faiths

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In the Israeli-Palestinian search for peace, most people see religious influences as far more harmful than helpful. That negative perception is founded in fact. Movements from inside all three monotheist traditions support political stances that work against peaceful resolution of the Holy Land conflict.

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