2012-2013

Jay Phillips Center hosts gathering in preparation for the next Parliament of the World's Religions

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On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning hosted a “Listening Session” for interfaith leaders in the Twin Cities area. The session was part of the “Global Listening Campaign” being conducted by the Council for the Parliament of the World's Religions. The purpose of the gathering was to gather data about the happenings, concerns, and needs of faith communities and those involved in interfaith work in the Twin Cities. This data will be used to inform the next Parliament of the World’s Religions, tentatively scheduled for early 2015.

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Hans Gustafson, Assistant Director, publishes on Thomas Merton

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Dr. Hans Gustafson, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote a chapter titled “Place, Spiritual Anthropology, and Sacramentality in Merton’s Later Years” for the forthcoming book The Merton Annual: Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns, Volume 25 (David Belcastro and Joseph Raab, eds. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2013, pp. 74-90).

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Center's Assistant Director Publishes

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Dr. Hans Gustafson, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and Theology Department, is the author of a chapter, “Sacramental Mediation Between Theology and Spirituality,” published in Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations. (Inter-Disciplinary Press Oxford, UK).

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Jay Phillips Center Commissions Interfaith Concert ‘Embracing the Beloved’

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A concert that features new and traditional music from the Indian, Persian and Sephardic-Jewish traditions will be performed this spring in Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Rochester.

Commissioned by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, “Embracing the Beloved” was created by Minnesota musicians Nirmala Rajasekar, Maryam Yusefzadeh and David Jordan Harris to explore the shared human values and spiritual aspirations of their three musical traditions

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World-renowned Biblical Scholar Avivah Zornberg to Speak at Adath Jeshurun April 18

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Avivah Zornberg, widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most captivating teachers of the Torah, will present “The Murmuring Deep: Moses’ Speech Inhibition as Pivotal Issue in the Exodus Narrative” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the sanctuary of Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka.

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‘Moses, Jesus and Mary in the Quran’ Subject of Lecture at St. Thomas March 19

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Christians and other non-Muslims often are surprised to discover how many biblical figures are mentioned in the Quran. John Kaltner of Rhodes College in Memphis will explore that topic in a lecture on the roles that several prominent biblical characters play in Islam’s sacred text.

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Gun control backers present their own State of the Union

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Leading up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a coalition of gun control advocates presented their own version of the national report card Monday at the State Capitol.

"The state of our union is bereaved, shocked and horrified by the problem of gun violence," Rabbi Amy Eilberg told reporters.

Eilberg, a consultant at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas, said that the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut stirred her to be more vocal on this issue.

"As a rabbi, an American and a mother, the death of so many children in what should be absolutely safe place -- their school --was unbearable."

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Rabbi Amy Eilberg to Speak Here Feb. 12 on ‘Everyday Peacemaking’

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Rabbi Amy Eilberg will present the lecture “From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Reflections on Everyday Peacemaking” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall North (Room 378A) on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Review of Dermot Lane’s “Stepping Stones To Other Religions: A Christian Theology of Inter-Religious Dialogue” by Hans Gustafson

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In Stepping Stones to Other ReligionsDermot Lane offers an entry into interreligious engagement for Christians (particularly Roman Catholics) in the twenty-first century. It serves as a commendable introduction to the topic and makes the basic argument for why the Catholic faith mandates engaging other traditions in a respectful way while striving for mutual learning.

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Faith, Hope and Clarity: Contemporary Interreligious Dialogue

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Discussing a particular theological question is like pulling that piece of thread coming out of your sweater. The more you pull, the more you see how connected the piece of thread is to the whole of the sweater; likewise, the deeper you address a theological topic the more you see its connectedness to other questions in theology and indeed to questions within other faith traditions. In 2012, St. Thomas theology faculty and students have had several opportunities to pull at the threads of connection between Christians and Muslims.

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Law Professor Susan Stabile to Speak Nov. 13 About Buddhist Meditation and Christian Spirituality

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University of St. Thomas law professor Susan Stabile will present the lecture “Adapting Buddhist Meditation Practices to Christian Spirituality” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall North on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Rabbi to Speak Here Nov. 8 About the Meaning of the Sabbath

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Rabbi David Wirtschafter, rabbi of the Ames Jewish Congregation in Iowa, will discuss “The Radical Notion of Rest: Reflections on the Meaning of the Sabbath” at noon Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall North on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Eating on $31.50 per week? Twin Cities Religious Leaders Give it a Try

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What is it like to eat on $31.50 per week? Leaders from 15 Twin Cities community and religious organizations – Muslim, Christian and Jewish – will participate in two November programs that provide a glimpse of life on a food-stamp budget.

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We Made it! Opening Doors Capital Campaign Surpasses $500 Million Goal

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The completion of the most successful fundraising campaign of any private institution of higher education in Minnesota and its four neighboring states was announced Wednesday by the University of St. Thomas.  Partial funds raised will be devoted to the Jay Phillips Center.

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Film ‘Dakota 38’ to be Shown Here Oct. 17

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The film “Dakota 38” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.17, in the Great Room (Room 100) of McNeely Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Following the screening, Jim Miller and Alberta Iron Cloud Miller of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will lead a discussion of the Dakota history and spirituality introduced in the film.

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Dakota Historian and Language Instructor Caƞtemaza to Speak Oct. 11 on ‘Reviving the Dakota Language’

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American Indian historian and Dakota language instructor Caƞtemaza (Neil McKay) will lecture on “The Spirit and Culture of a People: Reviving the Dakota Language” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Rogge-Leyden Room (Room 364-365) of the Anderson Student Center.

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Center's Assitant Director travels to Turkey

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Hans Gustafson, the Jay Phillips Center’s assistant director traveled to Turkey in June with the Niagara Foundation of Minnesota, a foundation which promotes global fellowship, intercultural exchange, as well as peace and bridge-building between Turkey and Minnesota.

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