Discussion Groups

The center sponsors interfaith conversations, often focused on books or films, among groups of students, faculty, and people from the wider community.  While fostering interfaith friendships, these conversations also promote understanding of the religions represented by group members.  

Dying with Dignity: A Muslim Perspective

A Conversation with Owais Bayunus
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (2015)

University of St. Thomas

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This converation is hosted by the "Students for Human Life" club at the Univeristy of St. Thomas and sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center.  Owais Bayunus will share with the club what it means to die with dignity from a Muslim perspective in the context of hospice and palliative care.  This session is only open to students at the University of St. Thomas.  For more information please contacct club president Patrick Fisher at fish3296@stthomas.edu 

Owais Bayunus is the past president of the Islamic Center of Minnesota and currently serves as the director of its interfaith activities.  He serves on the boards of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition and the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas, and he is the author of When Death Approaches, which instructs caregivers about end-of-life care for Muslim patients. 

Judaism and Catholicism in Film

Student Discussion Group
February 19 and March 19 (2015)

open to University of St. Thomas students - free or charge, but registration required (see registration link below)

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Session 1: Thursday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Fill the Void (McNeely 100)
Session 2: Thursday, March 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – The Jewish Cardinal (McNeely 100)

These two sessions will feature the viewing of the films indicated above (you may click on each title to see the trailers).  The films will serve as the basis for discussion aimed at learning about Judaism, Catholicism, and the relationship between them. A meal will be provided during each session. This group is free and open to all UST students, but registration is required (see link below). Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot (or to be placed on the waiting list). Registrants are expected to commit to both sessions.  For more information please contact JPC student leader Hannah Polsky at pols3400@stthomas.edu

Registration: Please click this link to go to the registration page.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in collaboration with the Philosophy Club, Theology Club, and Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas