Discussion Groups

The center sponsors interfaith conversations, often focused on books or films, among groups of students, faculty, and people from the wider community.  While fostering interfaith friendships, these conversations also promote understanding of the religions represented by group members.  

Buddhist and Christian Interspirituality

Discussion group facilitated by Susan Stabile
January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24

University of St. Thomas - registration required (see below)

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Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This is a discussion group for those whose spirituality in some way reflects elements of Christianity and Buddhism, including Christians who incorporate Buddhist practices into their prayer, those who have either left Christianity for Buddhism or flirted with doing so, or those trying to navigate a spiritual path as Buddhist Christians (or Christian Buddhists).  It is intended to provide a forum for sharing positive experience and practices, as well as questions, challenges, and struggles.

This discussion group is not for those looking for basic instruction in Buddhism or Christianity or interested simply in an exchange of intellectual ideas about Buddhism and/or Christianity, but for those looking to deepen their spirituality.  This discussion group is a continuation of a group that started in the fall semester (2013), however new members are welcome.

The group is open to students, faculty, and staff of the University of St. Thomas and other colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, and also to members of the public. 

Registration: Although there is no fee for participating in the discussion group, you must register for the series by contacting Hans Gustafson at 651-962-5798 or hsgustafson@stthomas.edu.

Susan Stabile is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Oxford 2013).  Raised as a Catholic, she devoted 20 years of her life to practicing Buddhism and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun before returning to Catholicism in 2001.  Susan is a spiritual director and a retreat leader, especially for groups in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and she authors the blog Creo en Dios! on which she posts daily spiritual reflections and occasional podcasts.  She also holds the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she also serves as a fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership and offers retreats and other programs of spiritual formation for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice and Palliative Care

Interfaith Discussion group facilitated by Barbara Marincel
December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10

Location: St. Catherine University registration required (see below)

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Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 13, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, February 10, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.

This is a discussion group for those interested in exploring hospice and palliative care from the perspectives of the various religious traditions of the world.  The group will discuss selections from the recently published book Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice and Palliative Care edited by Harold Coward and Kelli I. Stajduhar, 2012 recipient of the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year award in the hospice and palliative care category.

This group is open to all.  There is no fee to join this group.  Each participant will receive a free copy of the book.  A light meal will be served at each gathering. 

Registration: Although there is no fee for participating in the discussion group, you must register for the series by contacting Hans Gustafson at 651-962-5798 or hsgustafson@stthomas.edu.

‌Barbara Marincel currently serves as an intern-scholar with the Jay Phillips Center. She is a graduate student in theology at St. Catherine University and has a special interest in both interfaith dialogue and hospice ministry.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith learning in collaboration with the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine University