A Six-Part Small Group Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Program with Lunch
Date & Time:
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Tuesdays, convocation hour, Sept 25 to Dec 4, 2018, every other week
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
UST students only
Building Community One Meal and One Relationship at a Time
Sharing a meal around the table is commonplace in our society. Who we invite – or who we do not invite – to the table holds meaning. Today when people do not know each other, broad assumptions and judgments are made, often based on minimal truth and little understanding. As a result, individuals and communities can become disconnected and remain suspicious of one another.
Peace Meals offers a path forward to build community and understanding across lines of religious and cultural division by gathering at the common table for food, friendship, and hospitality. Peace Meals gathers people from different faith traditions and religious identities who commit to meet together six times to share a meal and honest discussion, with the goal of building greater awareness and understanding of each other’s worldviews, questions, concerns, and hopes.
In these sessions students will have the opportunity to experience the richness of constructive conversations across lines of difference and be trained to facilitate them. Learning to participate and lead conversations such as these, in groups or one-on-one, remains a core competency for effective leadership in professional, civic, and community settings.
Open to all UST students of all religious identities or no religious identity.
To learn more, attend an optional information session:
- Wed., Sept. 12, 5:00pm – 5:30pm (Anderson Student Center, room 202)
- Tues., Sept. 18, 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm (McNeely Hall, room 106)
Please register by clicking the link above by Sept 21, 2018.
The primary facilitator of the these sessions is Kevin Schill, founder of Peace Meals: Extending the Table. A retired United Methodist pastor, he served for 27 years in Ohio and Minnesota. His interest and involvement in interfaith dialogue began in 1989 while studying cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. He has organized and trained faith leaders from various communities to provide support and care for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, regardless of their religious identity. As a member of the Minnesota United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, Kevin has provided training on interfaith dialogue and intercultural competency in churches and other community settings.
This program is facilitated by Peace Meals, a program of Outreach Opportunities, and sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, the Office for Spirituality, and the Office for Service and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas.
Questions? Contact Dr. Hans Gustafson at email@example.com