The Office for Mission has hired a Presbyterian minister, Jewish rabbi and Muslim imam onto its pastoral staff, another step forward in the university’s push toward supporting all faiths on campus and throughout the St. Thomas community.
Monday, April 24, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. St. Thomas community members are encouraged to take time for learning and reflection, not only about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also of the bravery, courage and love seen amongst those affected by it.
The Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas will present “Creating Sacred Space,” a cross-disciplinary dialogue at 7 p.m. March 28 in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Acclaimed architect John Cuningham and three distinguished scholars – Victoria Young, Jeanne Kilde, and Marilyn Chiat – will examine the construction of sacred space through the lenses of architecture, ritual and social history.
Dr. Timothy Snyder, the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and author of several award-winning books – including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning – will give two lectures in the Twin Cities on Thursday, April 6, one at the University of St. Thomas and another at the University of Minnesota
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, professor of theology at Fordham University in New York City, will present “The Oneness of God and the Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Room 100 (the Great Room) of McNeely Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. The lecture, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is free and open to the public. “The earliest Christians experienced the reality of God as creator beyond human comprehension, but they also gave witness to the experience of God in Jesus Christ and the Spirit among them,” Hill Fletcher said.
The Twin Cities Jewish Community Alzheimer’s Task Force presents “Keeping the Spirit Alive,” a conference for caregivers and those supporting a loved one with Dementia. The conference is free and open to people of all faiths or no faith at all. It takes place Sunday, April 30th at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka. It will include keynote addresses from Marc and Deb Grossfield who will share their personal journey as care partners for their father, Stuart, who has been living with dementia for the past sixteen years. Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts and other caregivers about dementia and how to navigate through what can be a difficult time.
Rahuldeep Singh Gill, associate professor of religion and director of the Center for Equality and Justice at California Lutheran University, will present “The Oneness of God and the Diversity of Religions: A Sikh Perspective” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion and philosophy at St. Olaf College, will present “The Oneness of God and the Diversity of Religions: A Hindu Perspective” Monday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
Religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist traditions will be panelists in the program “Change and Conflict Within Religious Communities” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Rd., Minnetonka.