2010-2011

Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, national education director at AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, will discuss “Passover: From Liberation to Freedom” at a 7:30 p.m. lecture Tuesday, April 12, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. 

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Now through April 30, an exhibit of artworks by Robyn Stoller Awend, Renanah Halpern, and Diane von Arx, titled “Sacred Script: Letter, Word, Language,” will be on display in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus.

This exhibit was co-curated by David J. Harris, interfaith art consultant for the Jay Phillips Center, and Mark E. Jensen, University of St. Thomas, and it combines the work of the three artists.

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In CAS we place a high priority on intercultural learning, whether through the interfaith initiatives of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center or the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, through coursework such as in modern and classical languages or American culture and difference, through geographically diverse short-term study abroad programs, or through the ever-expanding work of the American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas.

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The St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) will hold its fourth annual Passover Seder for the Interfaith Community from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave.

The Seder, which retells the story of Passover through ritual, readings and a shared meal, will be led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg along with leaders of several religious traditions.

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Four University of St. Thomas centers will host a dinner and panel discussion on “Doing Virtuous Business: An Interreligious Dialogue on Faith and Work” from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the university’s St. Paul campus.

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The University of St. Thomas, along with more than a dozen organizations, is sponsoring Interfaith Art pARTners, a collaborative festival of Twin Cities institutions promoting the arts as a catalyst for conversation within the context of faith and spirituality.

A variety of museums, places of worship, historical societies, performing art organizations and colleges are offering individual exhibitions and programming as they express their unique stories through various art forms. The goal of the collaboration is to advance an understanding of the diverse communities, cultures, faith traditions and spiritual beliefs in the broader community. The festival runs now through May.

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs, listed as one of America’s most-influential rabbis and director of the New York-based Ma’aseh: The Center for Jewish Social Justice Education, will discuss “Pursuing Social Justice in a Time of Economic Crisis” on Monday, Feb. 7. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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“Interfaith Bridges to Holy Land Peace,” a rebroadcast of a December 2008 forum at the University of St. Thomas, will air on Twin Cities Public Television  tonight and early Tuesday morning.

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Rabbi Jonathan Crane of Emory University in Atlanta will discuss “Just Enough: Jewish Ruminations on Food, Faith and Fairness” at a 7:30 p.m. lecture Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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