Faith leaders gather at Marquette to discuss interfaith cooperation

“Working Together against Violence: The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony,” will bring together religious leaders from the local Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities. The event will be moderated by Rev. Thomas Michel, S.J., visiting Wade Chair of Theology at Marquette University.

During the past few months, different religious communities in Milwaukee have suffered not only physical violence, but also subtle violence in the form of threats, racist and prejudicial comments, hate messages and misrepresentation. During the program, leaders will share how they have experienced violence, how their faith communities have responded and what has worked. According to Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology at Marquette, the goal of the event is to learn “from each other and to discuss how each community can strengthen itself and be better prepared to respond and prevent all forms of violence by building newer interfaith alliances and increasing mutual cooperation and understanding.”

The event is sponsored by the Marquette University Department of Theology, the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Office of Mission and Ministry, the Center for Peacemaking, Manresa for Faculty and the Niagara Foundation of Wisconsin.

An expert on Muslim-Christian relations, Father Michel serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Academic Council of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, the National Advisory Board of the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem and the Advisory Board of the Center for Civilizational Dialogue at the University of Malaysia. As the 2012-13 Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair, he is currently teaching a course “Islam: Faith and Practice,” in Marquette’s Department of Theology.

Participating religious leaders:

Rabbi Marc Berkson, Senior Rabbi of the Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in River Hills
Rev. Donna Brown, Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on 28th Street and Wisconsin Avenue
Manpreet Kaur, a doctoral student at UWM and member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Mayank Mital, board member of the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin
Imam Ronald B. Shaheed, the Imam of the Sultan Muhammad Masjid and Director of Education at the Clara Mohammed School
Gelong Thubten Tsultrim, a retreat leader and a teacher at the Deer Park Buddhist Temple and monastery in Oregon, Wis.

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Event Information:
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 27
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Katharine Reed Cudahy Hall, 001
1313 W. Wisconsin

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November 27th, 2012 @ 12:30pm