2008-2009 Programs

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series: Questioning Faiths: Open Windows and Revolving Doors

Mondays, October 20, 2008, November 17, 2008, February 9, 2009, March 9, 2009, and March 30, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

Nearly half of all Americans have changed religious affiliation during their lifetimes.  What is it about our various faiths that cause some people to leave them and others to join?  What elements of our religious traditions make us uncomfortable, even when we stay?  In this series of panel discussions, Nexus will invite members of different faiths to reflect on questions such as:

  • What attracts newcomers to my faith?
  • What causes newcomers to struggle or question their decision?
  • What do I most struggle with? Are there skeletons in my own faith closet?
  • Why did I leave one faith tradition and join another?

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Constitution Day Program

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite, Batten Center

A debate and discussion of recent Supreme Court cases dealing with gun control and the death penalty, featuring Timothy O'Rourke, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and Paul Rasor, J.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Cookson Lecture: Dr. Diana L. Eck

Monday, October 13, 2008
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

DianaEckDiana L. Eck, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Pluralism Project, is one of the world’s leading authorities on religious pluralism. She will speak on The Challenges of American Religious Pluralism in a Post-9/11 World.

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One Love Festival

Saturday, November 15, 2008
7:00 - 11:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Hall

An evening of music, art, and the spoken word, demonstrating unity in diversity and fostering a closer interfaith community. Performers welcome.

Co-sponsors include the Hampton Roads Network for Nonviolence, SGI-USA Buddhist Community, Unitarian Church of Norfolk Social Justice Committee, and Virginia Beach Friends Meeting.

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Spring 2009 Symposium: Pluralism, Tolerance, and Freedom: What's At Stake?

A five-part symposium, February 5 -March 5, 2009.
It is often said that when the United States adopted the First Amendment, it moved beyond “mere” religious tolerance to true religious freedom. But tolerance does not become irrelevant when freedom is protected. There are many indications that we are becoming a less tolerant society, and that this trend is shrinking the social and political space within which our freedoms can be exercised. This Symposium will address issues of tolerance in both religious and non-religious contexts.

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