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Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

A resource for education, respectful dialogue, and mutual understanding for people of all faith traditions - or none

Upcoming Events

Constitution Day Debate

WHY HOBBY LOBBY MATTERS: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, CONTRACEPTION, CORPORATIONS, AND THE CONSTITUTION

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite

Join VWC faculty, staff and students for a debate on this hot topic one week before the scheduled opening of Hampton Roads’ first Hobby Lobby store and on the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision.
Featuring:

  • Dr. Eric Mazur, Furman Professor of Judaic Studies and CSRF Fellow for Religion, Law, and Politics;
  • Dr. Taryn Myers, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies;
  • Dr. Timothy O’Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College

ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00 – 9:30 PM
Virginia Wesleyan Campus

  • Drum Circle, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Jane P. Batten Student Center
  • Making Peace Amid War: Voices From Iraq & Afghanistan with Kathy Kelly, Founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence,1:00 – 4:00 PM, Monumental Chapel. Presented by Pax Christi.
  • Evening Concert to include youth performances, Gen Y Not Band, Tim Seibles, and Narissa Bond, 7:00 – 9:30 PM, Boyd Dining Center

THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER THE ARAB SPRING

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Jane P. Batten Student Center

Dr. Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University.

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

CHRISTIANITY IN CRISIS?: A DISCUSSION OF THE GREAT AND HOLY WAR

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Blocker Auditorium

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, join Dr. Sara Sewell, Batten Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock, Jr. Director, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, and Professor and Coordinator, Department of Religious Studies, in a discussion of a recent publication by Philip Jenkins, "The Great and Holy War: How World War One Became a Religious Crusade." Sponsored by the VWC History Department in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

ILLEGAL LOVE: TIM BOSTIC ON POLITICS, RELIGION, AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Blocker Auditorium

Tim Bostic, one of the plaintiffs in the case against the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, will share how he came to be a part of the lawsuit and what it has meant to him. The event will also include a Q&A session. This presentation is co-sponsored by the VWC History Department, the Women's Center, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Office of Student Activities.

CSRF OPEN HOUSE & SOUP

Friday, October 31, 2014, noon – 2:00 PM
The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Clarke Hall

On this 497 year anniversary of Reformation Day, the CSRF invites the campus and community to visit the office to welcome new staff, enjoy goulash stew, and have lively conversation about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses - or whatever else is on your mind. This is the first of monthly CSRF Soup on Friday celebrations.  Soup days are opportunities for faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community to come together for warm food and fellowship.

THE CATHARINE COOKSON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LECTURE

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Blocker Auditorium

 

Principles such as religious freedom are not self-defining.
They carry only the meaning we give them.
-Dr. Paul Rasor, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr.
Director of the Center

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