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Interfaith Conference

Schedule of Events


Friday, March 22, 2002

4-5:30pm Registration Union Great Hall

6-7:30pm (Great Hall) Keynote Speaker: Frederick Denny,
Professor of Islamic Studies at the
University of Colorado, Boulder
"Social Justice in Christianity & Islam"
(open to the public)

7:30-9pm (Great Hall) Buffet dinner & entertainment


Saturday, March 23, 2002

9:30-11am (NSC 234)Speaker: Sharmin Ahmad,
Bangladeshi Muslim Human Rights Activist
"The Qur'an and the Other: Sources for
Relationships with non-Muslims"

11-11:30am Break (refreshments)

11:30am-12:30pm Workshops

NSC 221 Dr. Aasi "The Meanings of Jihad:
Fighting the Good Fight"

NSC 224 Dr. Harold Vogelaar, "The Facts Behind the Facts:
Professor of Islamic Post-Sept. 11 World"
Studies at LSTC

NSC 229 Pisamai Vogelaar, "Islam & Buddhism in
Former officer for Thailand"
Islamic Affairs in
Thailand's Department
of Education

NSC 118 Khaldoun Samman, "Jerusalem: A Sacred
Assistant Professor City for 3 Faiths"
of Sociology, VU

NSC 238 Theodore Ludwig, "Lutheran's in
Surjit S. Patheja Interfaith Dialogue"
Chair in World
Religions & Ethics

MeH 119 Josh Messner, "Student Perspectives
VU student for High Schools"

MeH 120 Benjamin Leese, "Student Perspectives
VU student for High Schools"

MeH 128 Mark Swanson, "The Growth of
Director of Islamic Christian
Studies Program at Reconciliation"
Luther Seminary,
St. Paul, MN

MeH 130 Nelly vanDoorn-Harder "Case Study of
Assistant Professor Reconciliation:
of Theology, VU Indonesia"


12:30-2pm Lunch Break

2-3pm (NSC 234) Syafa'tun al-Mirzanah, "Indonesia:
Professor of Religion a Local
at State Islamic U in Perspective
Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Interfaith
Relations"

3-4pm (NSC 234) Mark Swanson, "Christian
Director of Islamic Roots of
Studies Program at Reconciliation"
Luther Seminary,
St. Paul, MN

4-4:30pm Break (refreshments)

4:30-5:30pm Workshops (repeat of morning workshops)

NSC 221 Dr. Aasi "The Meanings of Jihad:
Fighting the Good Fight"

NSC 224 Dr. Harold Vogelaar, "The Facts Behind the Facts:
Professor of Islamic Post-Sept. 11 World"
Studies at LSTC

NSC 229 Pisamai Vogelaar, "Islam & Buddhism in
Former officer for Thailand"
Islamic Affairs in
Thailand's Department
of Education

NSC 118 Khaldoun Samman, "Jerusalem: A Sacred
Assistant Professor City for 3 Faiths"
of Sociology, VU

NSC 238 Theodore Ludwig, "Lutheran's in
Surjit S. Patheja Interfaith Dialogue"
Chair in World
Religions & Ethics

MeH 119 Josh Messner, "Student Perspectives
VU student for High Schools"

MeH 120 Benjamin Leese, "Student Perspectives
VU student for High Schools"

MeH 128 Mark Swanson, "The Growth of
Director of Islamic Christian
Studies Program at Reconciliation"
Luther Seminary,
St. Paul, MN

MeH 130 Nelly vanDoorn-Harder "Case Study of
Assistant Professor Reconciliation:
of Theology, VU Indonesia"

6-7:30pm (NSC 234) Closing Speaker

Mir Mustansir, "The Qur'anic
Professor of Islamic Basis for
Studies at Youngstown Reconciliation"
State University, Ohio

7:30-9pm Celebrating Middle Eastern Culture:
Food & Entertainment (VUCA)


Sunday, March 24

8:45 & 10:30am Worship at the Chapel of the Ressurection
12 noon gathering to plain and reflect

 

Interfaith Conference

About the Interfaith Conference

The Valparaiso University Interfaith Program will host a Peace and Reconciliation in Islam and Christianity Conference for high school and college students March 22 and 23 on campus.

The conference was designed to bring students, scholars and activists of both faiths together to discuss the hopes and realities of dialogue within and between the two religious communities.

The conference includes two speeches that are free and open to the public. A keynote speech by Frederick Denny, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder will be at 6 p.m. March 22. Denny will speak on "Social Justice in Christianity and Islam."

Mir Mustansir, professor of Islamic studies at Youngstown State University, will give the closing remarks at 6 p.m. Saturday. His speech will be "The Qur'anic Basis for Reconciliation."

There will be dinner and entertainment programs each evening that are open to the public. The programs will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the programs are $5. For more information, contact Jan Rubsam at (219) 464-5309.

Other presenters include VU faculty members Dr. Ted Ludwig, Surjit S. Patheja professor of world religions and ethics; Dr. Nelly VanDoorn-Harder, assistant professor of theology; Dr. Charles Schaefer, associate professor of history; and Dr. Khaldoun Samman, assistant professor of sociology.

The Interfaith Program at Valparaiso University provides campus and community with the necessary tools for communicating with people of other faiths to foster mutual understanding. The program will provide a forum for frank and sincere discussions about faith and religious vocation. Through a variety of events, including workshops, conferences, suppers, movies and visits to places of worship, students can move past textbook presentations to an understanding of how faith is lived out by believers.


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