Jerusalem: City of Holiness for Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Lecture series by Steven L. Derfler
November 6, 13, and 20, 2013

Church of St. Edward, Social Hall
9401 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55437
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Wednesday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: The Jerusalem of Judaism
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: The Jerusalem of Christianity
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: The Jerusalem of Islam

In this series, Steven L. Derfler will focus on the events that make Jerusalem a holy city for the three great Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and he will explore the history of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in this city and the nature of their distinctive attachments to it.


Steven L. Derfler, Ph.D., is executive director of Educational Resources, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and tolerance among different ethnic and religious groups. An archeologist and historian who has been uncovering the histories of ancient civilizations for over 35 years, he has directed and supervised numerous archeological field trips and study tours in the Middle East and Northern Africa. He specializes in tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean region to their diverse expressions in today’s world. Among his numerous publications is the novel Israel’s Pharaoh (Xlibris, 2012).

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center and the Church of St. Edward

 

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

Seminar led by Rabbi Sharon Stiefel
February 8, 15, and 22, and March 7, 14, and 21, 2012

Murray Herrick Campus Center
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
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In this seminar, students learned how to create a spiritual autobiography. Under the guidance of Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, rabbi and spiritual counselor of Sholom-Hospice for Sholom community Alliance, participants focused on momentous events in their lives through a spiritual lens and explored what made those events especially meaningful. Through careful reading of biblical texts and excerpts from contemporary spiritual autobiographies, and also engaging in a “reading” of their own lives, they examined how personal experiences have shaped fundamental beliefs. Putting their personal spiritual experiences into a wider context they began to write their own spiritual autobiographies.

This seminar, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years at the University of St. Thomas, was part of the Jay Phillips Center’s Rabbis-in-Residence program supported by a grant from the Brenden-Mann Foundation.  

The Architecture of Faith: Rediscovering the Roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Lecture series by Steven L. Derfler
February 13, 20, and 27, 2012

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 S Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55116
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February 13: Synagogues
February 20: Churches
February 27: Mosques

In this series, archeologist and historian Steven L. Derfler, Ph.D., explored the common traits and the distinctive styles of religious architecture in the early centuries of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and what this architecture reveals about the three religions.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Their Roots and Relationships

Lecture series by Steven L. Derfler
November 9, 16, and 30, 2011

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
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November 9: The Development of Judaism from Its Israelite Roots
November 16: Christianity as it Evolved from Its Jewish Roots
November 30: Islam, Its Origin, and Its Relationship to Judaism and Christianity

In this series, archeologist and historian Steven Derfler, Ph.D., explored the distinctive origins and common lineage of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and how these religions, with all their similarities and differences, developed in relation to one another.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple.