Pilgrimage: What might Jews, Christians, and Muslims learn from and with each other?

Panel with Rabbi Norman Cohen, Sheikh Odeh Muhawesh, and Susan Stabile, J.D.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


OEC auditorium


What do Jewish, Christian, and Muslim pilgrimages teach us about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?  When examining pilgrimages in these three traditions, what might Jews, Christians, and Muslims learn from each other about religious commitment and devotion?  These are among the questions discussed in this program by the panelists who also considered whether interfaith pilgrimages might be appropriate or should even be encouraged. 

Rabbi Norman Cohen is senior rabbi of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka.  A graduate of Holy Cross College before entering rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College where he wrote a rabbinic thesis later published as Jewish Bible Personages in the New Testament (University Press of America, 1989), he is currently writing a book on stereotypes and misconceptions Jews and Christians have about each other and what to do about them

Susan Stabile, J.D., holds the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and is among the leading scholars in the United States on the intersection of Catholic social thought and the law.  A spiritual director who often leads retreats and other programs of spiritual formation, she recently finished writing a book that adapts Tibetan Buddhist analytical meditations for Christians, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012

Sheikh Odeh Muhawesh is both a highly successful business leader and an accomplished scholar.  He has founded several businesses and he is currently the CEO of Scorant LLC in Minneapolis.  A specialist in Islamic theology and modern Middle East history, he teaches courses on these subjects as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he also serves as an associate of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and a member of its board.


Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas
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