2011-2012

A former member of the St. Thomas Theology Department, Feldmeier now teaches at the University of Toledo. All are welcome; a free buffet lunch will be served.

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Dr. Miri Rubin, professor of medieval and early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London, will speak on “Mary: From Jewish Mother to Global Mother” on Monday, March 26. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in 3M Auditorium, Room 150, Owens Science Hall.

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“Nourish” is the theme of the 33rd annual University of St. Thomas Sacred Arts Festival, which runs through the end of the month. The festival, open to the public, is a celebration of sacred art and an exploration of faith.

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Rabbi Sharon Brous, named by Newsweek as America’s most influential woman rabbi, will present the lecture “God and Politics: A Spiritual State of the Union” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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A rabbi and a priest will lead an interfaith conversation, “Religion and Gender: Jewish and Catholic Perspectives,” from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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A lecture on “Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Challenges and Possibilities” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The speaker will be Dr. Amir Hussain, editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and a professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit university in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions.
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Father Erich Rutten, director of Campus Ministry, Terry Nichols, co-director of UST’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, and Hans Gustafson, assistant director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, discussed the significance of interreligious dialogue for Catholics and the anniversary of the World Day of Prayer in Assisi. Their talk highlighted the necessity for Catholics to engage in dialogue with people of other faiths.

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A panel discussion on “Pilgrimage: What Might Jews, Christians, and Muslims Learn From and With Each Other?” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Rabbi and longtime peace activist  Melissa Weintraub will discuss “Waging Peace in the Context of Violent Conflict” in a 7:30 p.m. lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the auditorium of the  O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Bishop Lee Piché, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will examine the question, “Should Catholics be Engaged in Interreligious Dialogue?” in a 4 p.m. lecture Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the first-floor auditorium of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are the St. Thomas-based Center for Catholic Studies, Campus Ministry, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning.

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Rabbi David Wirtschafter will present the lecture “Responding to Contradictory Critiques of Contemporary Religion” as part of a “lunch and learn” program from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Fireside Room of the Murray-Herrick Campus Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. 

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Hans Gustafson, a doctoral candidate in religion at the Claremont Graduate University, has been named assistant director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, which is a joint enterprise of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and St. John’s University, Collegeville.

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