The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas serves the students, staff, and faculty of the university as well as the surrounding communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The center has a collaborative relationship with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, with which it shares the common mission to foster understanding, cooperation, and friendship among people of diverse religious identities through academic study and civic engagement.
Chris Stedman, author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, will speak on “Encountering Secular Humanism” on Nov. 16 at noon in the Anderson Student Center, Iversen Hearth Room.
The Star Tribune reports that Stedman’s story “calling for civil discourse between atheists and the religious couldn’t come at a better time,” and Christian Century magazine declares that Stedman’s “story needs to be heard and engaged.”
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, president’s scholar and national director of recruitment and admissions at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, will present the Rabbi Max A. Shapiro Lecture at Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2323 Fremont Ave. S., Minneapolis.