NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Series
One of the Center's hallmark programs is the NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Series, co-sponsored by the Center, The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and The Virginian-Pilot. The word "nexus" means "a point of connection," and this is what NEXUS is about: connecting people of all faiths through dialogue. Founded in 1999 by Virginian-Pilot religion columnist Betsy Wright Rhodes and Dr. Michael Panitz, Rabbi of Temple Israel in Norfolk, the goal of the NEXUS forum is open and respectful dialogue about our faiths, both our differences and the things we share in common.
Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series for 2012-2013: The Nexus of Religion and Sacred Art
“Interfaith Dialogue” is a monthly discussion concerning current events and news reports as they relate to various Faith communities. This series is produced by the Interfaith Dialogue Committee of South Hampton Roads in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
May 14, 2013
Host Jim Bergdoll discusses" Religious Extremism" on the May edition of Interfaith Dialogue with panelists Father James Griffin, Rabbi Michael Panitz and Imam Vernon Fareed.
April 11, 2013
On the April Interfaith Dialogue, host Jim Bergdoll talks with Father James Griffin, Rabbi Michael Panitz and Imam Vernon Fareed about issues in the news related to the various Faith communities. The 30-minute monthly program is produced in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at VWC and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Department of journalism/ commuincations at Virginia Wesleyan College.
March 14, 2013
For the special one hour edition of Interfaith Dialogue in March, host Jim Bergdoll talks about the new Pope and other issues with Father James Griffin, St.Mark''s Roman Catholic Parish in Virginia Beach, Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel in Norfolk, Imam Vernon Fareed, resident Imam of the Muslim Mosque in Norfolk, and the Rev. Walton Forstall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Norfolk.
January 14, 2013
Rabbi Michael Panitz, Imam Vernon Fareed and Rev. Greg West, chaplain at Virginia Weskeyan College , join host Jim Bergdoll for the January edition of "Interfaith Dialogue."(Download mp3)
December 10, 2012
In December’s “Interfaith Dialogue” host Jim Bergdoll talks with Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel, Norfolk, Imam Vernon Fareed, William Salaam Mosque, and Dr. Craig Wansink, Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College and pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Norfolk. “Interfaith Dialogue” is produced montly in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.(Download mp3)
November 5, 2012
The "interfaith dialogue" interview of November 5 features Dr. Harvey Cox, the Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Cox is recognized as one of the leading spokespersons on religious trends in America. His book "The Secular City" 1965 has been called "one of the most influencial books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century." Dr. Cox delivered the 2012 Cookson Lecture at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at VWC on November 5. His topic was "Freedom of Religion in America: Its Rocky Past and its Future." Dr. Cox's most recent book, "The Future of Faith" 2009, addresses the increasing emphasis on spirituality over doctrine among large numbers of Christians. (Download mp3)
October 15, 2012
Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel, Father James Parke of Church of the Holy Apostles, and Imam Vernon Fareed of Masjid William Salaam (Muslim Mosque) (Download mp3)