Todd Green, author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015), will be interviewed about his book Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Hans Gustafson, associate director of the Jay Phillips Center, will conduct the interview.
“Strangers No More,” a documentary film about monastic interreligious dialogue, will be shown at Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in 3M Auditorium in the Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. A panel discussion with Benedictine monastics involved in interreligious dialogue will follow the screening.
Rabbi Norman Cohen, senior rabbi of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, will present the lecture “Jews and Christians: Rejecting Stereotypes, Forging New Relationships” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. The lecture, sponsored by the , is free and open to the public. The center is a joint enterprise of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville. Susan Stabile, professor of law and faculty fellow for spiritual life at St. Thomas, will present a formal response to Cohen’s lecture.
Zeki Saritoprak, who holds the Bediüzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, will present the lecture "Jesus in Islam" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Woulfe Alumni Hall North, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus. Saritoprak will examine the place of Jesus in Islam from different classical and contemporary Muslim theological perspectives and will discuss the role Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue.
“Song of Wonder,” a concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music commissioned by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and first performed in April 2014 at the University of St. Thomas, has been awarded an Arts Tour Minnesota grant to be performed in four Minnesota locations. The concert, created by David Jordan Harris and Nirmala Rajasekar, will be performed at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in The Pause at St. Olaf College, Northfield; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter; at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016, in the Centrum at Concordia College, Moorhead; and at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Rochester Civic Theatre.
The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning will host the symposium “Christian Faith in a Multifaith World” from Oct. 12-13 in the Anderson Student Center’s James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s landmark document on interfaith relations, the symposium will feature a keynote address on the legacy of the document as well as four sessions devoted to relations between Christians and members of the four religions other than Christianity mentioned in the document: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism.
Collaboration across the University of St. Thomas and with interreligious scholar Dr. Jan Phillips has yielded a new extensive online research tool: the Jan Phillips Bibliography of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and their Encounters. The bibliography, which is free and accessible to anyone, is a compilation of sources across history, including books, articles and periodicals, that reference interreligious engagements. Phillips taught courses on Jewish history, Islamic history and Jewish-Christian encounter at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul for 20 years, and began compiling a database of interreligious sources to help in teaching his classes.