A Six-Part Small Group Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Program with Lunch
Date & Time:
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Tuesdays, convocation hour, Mar 5 to May 14, 2019, about 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.
Please register by clicking the link above by Feb 26, 2019.
The primary facilitator of the these sessions is Sarah Chamseddine, Program Manager of the Office for Spirituality. Sarah is a University of St. Thomas alum, having graduated with her undergraduate degree in political science and sociology in 2009 and her master’s degree in theology from the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in 2012. Following graduation, Sarah moved to New York to intern with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Upon receiving the Russel Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies, Sarah left New York and moved to Rome, Italy, where she studied Interreligious Studies and Ecumenism at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. Prior to joining the Office for Spirituality in June 2016, Sarah was the Program Manager for the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center here at St. Thomas. In 2017, with the Office for Spirituaity and the Jay Phillips Center, Sarah helped to establish Peace Meals St. Thomas with Rev. Kevin Schill, the founder of Peace Meals (a program of Outreach Opportunities).