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.  

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Interfaith discussion series facilitated by Noreen Nazir and Samba Dieng
October 1, October 15, and October 22, 2014

McNeely Hall, 100
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus
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Free and open to the public

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Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., “The Barrier” (season 1, episode 2) 
Wednesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., "Keeping the Faith" (season 4, episode  16)
Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., "Security Alert" (season 2, episode 18)

This series features viewings of three selected episodes of Canada’s popular television sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie followed by facilitated discussions.  This fun, light-hearted, and comedic show raises several practical everyday issues facing North American Muslims and people of other religions.  Can a mosque be in a church?  How diverse is Islam?  What role does Western culture play in the formation of an Islamic community?  These questions and others will be presented and discussed at these gatherings.

FacilitatorsNoreen Nazir, a Catholic from Pakistan, holds an MA degree in Islamic Studies from Luther Seminary and has worked with the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi and the National Commission for Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenism in Pakistan, and currently serves on the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and MinneapolisSamba Dieng, a Muslim from Senegal, holds an MS in international relations and political science from Indiana State University and currently serves as the assitant director of International Student Services at the University of St. Thomas, and used to attend a mosque that met in a church in rural Nebraska.  Rabbi David Wirtschafter, the Jay Phillips Center's Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies, will join Noreen and Samba for one or two sessions to offer a Jewish perspective of the themes and questions raised.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with International Student Services