Dr. Peter Feldmeier, formerly a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, will return to present the lecture “How Interreligious Engagement Transforms Faith” at noon Thursday, April 12, in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the university’s St. Paul campus.

Dr. Peter Feldmeier

Dr. Peter Feldmeier

The program, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is free and all are welcome. A buffet lunch will be served free of charge.

“By entering into the theological and spiritual vision of the religious other, we discover new ways of seeing the world and ourselves,” Feldmeier said. “This new vision cannot only deepen our own religious convictions, but can also provide a whole other spiritual dimension.”

In his presentation, Feldmeier will reflect on how interreligious engagement can move from merely comparing sets of religious claims to transformational possibilities.

Feldmeier is the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and has published widely in areas of spirituality and interreligious dialogue.

His most recent books, both published in 2011, are The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada, with Leo Lefebure (Peeters/Eerdmans) and Encounters in Faith: Christianity in Interreligious Dialogue (Anselm Academic).