2007-2008 Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series: Finding Passion in Faith

Religious faith is not simply about belief and doctrine, or even morality and ethics.  Beneath these elements lies something deeper, something that can generate passion and commitment.  These programs will explore how this deeper faith element touches and motivates us in the spiritual, emotional, aesthetic, and social dimensions of our shared religious lives.

Connecting to the Divine

Monday, September 10, 2007, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

What in your faith practice makes youfeel most deeply connected to the divine?
How does this connection nurture you in your day-to-day life?
Where do you experience passion in your relationship with the divine?

Panelists: Mourad Amer (Muslim), Drema Baker (Wiccan), Pamela Bro (Christian), Graham Schweig (Hindu); Moderator: Paul Rasor, Center Director.

Faith and Beauty

Monday, October 29, 2007, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

What do you find beautiful in your faith?
How does your faith help you see and create beauty in your life?
What rituals or practices connect you with beauty?

Panelists: Swiyyah Fareed (Muslim), Skip Horton-Parker (Eastern Orthodox), Saileela Vankatesan (Hindu); Moderator: Paul Rasor, Center Director.

Faith and Justice

Monday, February 11, 2008, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

How does your faith motivate your justice work in the world?
How does your faith inspire your compassion for others?
What does "justice" look like for you?

Panelists: Jonathan Alden (Quaker), Lynne Loving (Baha'i), Timothy McCarthy (Roman Catholic), Margie Rashti (Jewish); Moderator: Paul Rasor, Center Director.

Faith and Despair

Monday, March 31, 2008, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

How does your faith help you respond to burn-out or despair?
Have there been times when your religious passion has waned?
What rituals or practices help you restore it?

Panelists: Pam Allen-Thompson (Unitarian Universalist), Gloria Stevenson-Clark (Buddhist), Arthur Goldberg (Jewish), Betsy Wright Rhodes (Roman Catholic); Moderator: Paul Rasor, Center Director.

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