February 2017: The Next Generation and the Interfaith Future

February 2017 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

The Next Generation and the Interfaith Future: Nurturing Deep, Broad, and Open Faith in Youth and Young Adults

Thursday, February 9, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, Dining Room B/C
1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)

Three college chaplains, a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim, and a congregational religious education director will offer their thoughts and experience on the topic: Rabbi Barry Cytron, Rev. Kelly Stone, Dr.Tamim Saidi, with moderator K. P. Hong.

Religion has amazing capacity to widen the circle respect, understanding, and cooperation. It also has a dangerous shadow side that can be parochial, self-serving, and suspicious, if not, hostile to those outside the particular faith community. Karen Armstrong has written a book about the worst of this shadow side, “Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence”.

As our world becomes “flat” and its dynamics unsettling, many are feeling disoriented and becoming increasingly anxious. How can religions enhance peace within and without? How can they nurture a deep, broad, and open faith in youth and young adults?

Rabbi Barry Cytron has been a congregational rabbi, the director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith learning at the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, and for the last several years he has served as a professor and Jewish chaplain at Macalester College. The Rev. Kelly Stone is the Chaplain at Macalester College and the director of its Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Dr. Tamim Saidi, is a leader of the Northwest Islamic Center and vice-president of the Islamic Resource Group. K.P. Hong, who will moderate the panel, is the religious education director at Unity Unitarian Church in Saint Paul and a former college chaplain.

Free, open to all. (Free will offering) Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; lunch is available in the cafeteria; bag lunches welcome.

This session is available on video here