2009-2010 Programs

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series:Religion and Sex:An Interfaith Exploration of Current Issues in Sexuality and Religion

Mondays, October 12, 2009, November 16, 2009, February 1, 2010, and March 8, 2010
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

Human sexuality has posed a range of difficult challenges for all religious traditions.  The 2009-2010 Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series will explore diverse responses to several current challenges facing religious institutions and individuals from a range of faith perspectives.  Panelists from different faiths will be invited to reflect on questions such as the following as they consider these issues:

  • Are there religious doctrines or teachings that speak directly to these matters?  To what extent are these authoritative or binding on individuals?
  • What guidance is available in scripture?  What interpretive issues are involved in the relevant passages?
  • How has your faith’s understanding of human sexuality changed or been reinterpreted over the years?  Have sexuality issues caused division or controversy within your faith community?
  • What is the relationship between religious teaching and social custom on issues of sexuality and gender?
  • How has your personal experience affected your view of your faith’s response to these issues?

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Constitution Day Program

Thursday, September 17, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

The Constitution Undressed: Recent Supreme Court Cases on Strip Searches and Affirmative Action

A debate and discussion of recent Supreme Court cases dealing with strip searches of public school students and affirmative action in public employment, 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. Ursula Goodenough

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

Dr. Ursula Goodenough, an internationally recognized cell biologist and religious naturalist, Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, will give a lecture entitled: The Humpty Dumpty Project: Putting Evolution and Religion Together Again

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One Love Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2009
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.

Spring 2010 Symposium: Faith, Freedom, and Foreign Affairs: Religious Freedom and International Relations

A five-part symposium, February 11, 2010 - March 11, 2010

We are used to thinking of religious freedom as a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution, and the role of religion in American politics has been a matter of widespread public debate in recent years.  But is religious freedom simply a matter of domestic policy?  Controversies relating to religious freedom, including the relationship of religion and politics, exist worldwide.  What sort of role, if any, should these global religious realities play in international relations and U.S. foreign policy?  This Symposium will address this question from a variety of perspectives.

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