The Face of God: Mercy in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Traditions

Interreligious Panel Discussion

Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


free and open to the public


3M Auditorium (150), Owens Science Hall
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Pope Francis inaugurated what he declared to be the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy this past December 8, saying “the celebration of this feast involves . . . fully accepting God and his merciful grace in our lives” and “becoming, in turn, artisans of mercy.”  As Francis also has urged Catholics to engage in interfaith dialogue and learning, this program will focus on the meaning and practice of mercy as found not only in the Christian tradition but also in the Islamic and Jewish traditions as well.

Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf is the founding director of the Al-Wafaa Center for Human Services in Minneapolis, a psychotherapist actively involved in the Minnesota Council of Churches Healing Resources for Refugees initiative, and an imam at Masjid Al-Iman Mosque in northeast Minneapolis.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg directs interfaith programs sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and St. Catherine University, and is the author of From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace (Orbis Books, 2014).

Rev. Michael Joncas, a liturgical theologian and composer of Catholic music, taught for many years in the department of theology at the University of St. Thomas, where he is now University Artist-in-Residence and Fellow at the Center for Catholic Studies.

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Sponsored by the Office for Mission, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas

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