2010-2011 Programs

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Experiences of Worship

To worship is to honor or revere – to celebrate that which we hold to be of worth. The 2010-2011 Nexus Interfaith Dialogue Series explores the lived experience of worship in different religious traditions. During each program, panelists will be invited to reflect on the following questions:

  • How do I understand the role of worship in my faith tradition?
  • What is the object of my worship? What name or symbol do I/we use to identify the object of worship?
  • What ritual practices are used in my/our worship experience, and how do these practices inform that experience?
  • How am I moved or changed during worship? What emotional and intellectual responses does worship evoke, and how are these responses expressed?
  • What worship or spiritual practices do I follow away from my religious community, and how does my faith tradition inform my personal or family spiritual practice?
  • How does worship inform my life as a whole? Why do I keep coming back?

Program Dates and Panels:
October 4, 2010: Bernard I. Einhorn, Jewish (Conservative); Raji Kaloji, Hindu; Diane Chandler, Evangelical Christian
November 15, 2010: O'Malley Brandt, Wiccan; Gloria Stevenson-Clark, SGI Buddhist; Catherine Anninos, Greek Orthodox
February 7, 2011: Amy Lefcoe, Jewish (Orthodox); K.Lynne Loving, Baha'I; Zaki H. Shabazz, Muslim
March 7, 2011: Roman Catholic, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist

Abraham's Children: A Documentry Film on Muslim Youth in America


Abraham's Children is a documentary on Muslim Youth in America. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States.

Program Date:
Thursday, September 9, 2010
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

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Constitution Day Program

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Whose Number 1? Contending Views on the Supreme Court's Recent First Amendment Rulings

Dr. Timothy O'Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College, and Dr. Paul Rasor, Center Director

Program Date:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
3:00 - 4:30, Monumental Chapel

Cookson Lecture: Dr. Douglas A. Hicks


Dr. Douglas A. Hicks, professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond and a nationally reknowned expert on the role of religion in public leadership and religion in the workplace, will give a lecture entitled "Religious Freedom at Work: Faith and Spirituality in Organizations."

Program Date:
Monday, October 18, 2010
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

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Panel Discussion: Religion in the Workplace

Dr. Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan Professor Dr. Paul Ewell, Virginia Wesleyan students Pamela Barber, David Dunn and Gus Pastore

One Love Festival

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

Program Date:
Saturday, October 23, 2010
7:00 - 11:00 p.m., Boyd Dining Center

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Film: The Tillman Story

Tillman_Story_ImageThe 2010 documentary film The Tillman Story will be shown on Wednesday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Pat Tillman, who gave up his NFL career to join the Army Rangers, was killed in Afghanistan in less than clear circumstances. This engaging film follows his family's attempt to discover the truth behind his death. A discussion will follow.
More information about the film may be found at http://tillmanstory.com/site/

Program Date:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:00 p.m., Blocker Auditorium

The Role of Religion in Military Memorial Practices

Jonathan_EbelReligious scholar and military historian Jonathan Ebel, Ph.D., will speak on "The Role of Religion in Military Memorial Practices" on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., in the Monumental Chapel. Dr. Ebel's presentation will explore the visible and invisible ways that religion helps shape various forms of honoring and memorializing our fallen soldiers.

Ebel_bookJonathan Ebel is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Illinois and author of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War, published by Princeton University Press in 2010.

Program Date:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
7:30 p.m., Monumental Chapel


Panel Discussion – Religion in the Military

Program Date:
Thursday, March 3, 2011
11 – 11:50 a.m., Blocker Auditorium
Dr. Jonathan Ebel, Dr. Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan Professor Fred Weiss, Virginia Wesleyan Students

The Athenian Ways of War

Program Date:
Thursday, March 3, 2011
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Clarke Hall, Room 118
Dr. Kurt Raaflaub, Professor Emeritus of Classics and History, Brown University
Co-sponsored with the Virginia Wesleyan College Classics Department

Panel Discussion – Protesting at Military Funerals

Program Date:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
11:00 – 11:50 a.m., Blocker Auditorium
Dr. Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan Students


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