News

Below is a listing of news items and announcements related to the Jay Phillips Center from the current academic year.  To see earlier events, please explore the archives:

Multi-faith ‘Meanings of Water’ Program to be held on Mississippi Riverboat Aug. 9

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Featuring teachers from multiple spiritual traditions, “Voices on the River: The Meanings of Water” will take place 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, aboard one of the Padelford Riverboats on the Mississippi River. Boarding will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Padelford Landing, 205 Doctor Justus Ohage Blvd., on St. Paul’s Harriet Island.

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Rabbi Amy Eilberg to lead interreligious pilgrimage

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Rabbi Amy Eilberg, special consultant to the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, will lead an interreligious pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine January 5-18, 2016, sponsored by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. To read more and to register, click the link below.

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Expert to Speak on ‘Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations’

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Victoria Barnett, director of the programs on ethics, religion and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will present “Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations” in a luncheon program at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

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Center's associate director, Hans Gustafson, publishes article in State of Formation

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The emerging academic field of interreligious and interfaith studies (IIS) has burst onto the scene relatively recently and will be, I suspect, coming to a college or university near you soon. Currently there are only a few undergraduate programs and several graduate and seminary programs. The number of these programs are rapidly growing in addition to the number of academic journals and organizations devoted to the field. Those on the forefront of crafting this field have deemed it an inherently interdisciplinary field, which I believe is accurate. However, a particular challenge remains: the clear articulation and demonstration of how this field relates to, and is distinct from, the academic fields of religious studies (RS) and theological studies (TS).

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Center's director, John Merkle, co-publishes article with Harold Kasimow on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Pope Francis

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Soon after the death of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in December 1972, America devoted an entire issue to his life and work. The idea for the special issue, published on March 10, 1973, came from John C. Haughey, S.J., an associate editor, who explained that anyone who knew Rabbi Heschel “sensed the depth of his exposure to the Presence of God.” The same point appeared in the editorial that introduced the special issue: “No Christian who ever entered into conversation with Professor Heschel came away without having been spiritually enriched and strengthened.”

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Catholic Theologian to Speak About Interfaith Encounters in India on Oct. 29

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Bradley Malkovsky, associate professor of comparative religion at the University of Notre Dame, will present “God’s Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love and Holiness in Sacred India” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Woulfe Alumni Hall South in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

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Sept. 19 Workshop to Focus on Jesus, Jews and Christians

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Mary C. Boys, a leading Catholic expert on Christian-Jewish relations, will lead a workshop titled “Jesus, Jews and Christians: Redeeming Our Sacred Story” from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis.

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