Encountering Religious and Cultural Traditions

2018-2019 Series Fostering Religious Literacy and Interreligious Understanding

Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:27 PM
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019; all sessions begin at 12:00 noon


free and open to the public


Iverson Hearth Room
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN

Renowned scholar of religion Wilfred Cantwell Smith argued that in order to “understand Buddhists, we must not look at something called Buddhism but at the world so far as possible through Buddhist eyes.” Likewise, in order to understand Judaism, Hinduism, and so on, we must not look at Judaism, Hinduism and so on, but at the worldviews of Jews, Hindus, and so. In his New York Times Bestseller, Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero writes “I am convinced that one needs to know something about the world’s religions in order to be truly educated,” and argues that “you need religious literacy in order to be an effective citizen.” This year-long series aims to foster religious literacy and interreligious understanding by examining the world through the eyes of religious scholars and practitioners from various traditions, especially our locally lived traditions in Minnesota. The presenters will share their own lived experiences of the traditions and address any common stereotypes and misconceptions. 

Date Speaker Presentation
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Mai Na Lee Encountering Hmong Spiritual Traditions
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Busshō Lahn Practicing Zen Buddhism in Minnesota
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Martha Stortz A Lutheran Approach to Interfaith Neighborliness
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Angela Madan & "Ricky" Arora Practicing Sikhism in America
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Tamim Saidi Islam in Suburban Minnesota
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Dylan Fresco Welcoming The Stranger & Christian Privilege: A Jewish Transplant’s Take on Making Minnesota Home
To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.

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