February 2018: Displaying Religious Identity

February 2018 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

Being Actively/Overtly Religious in a Country Uncomfortable with Displaying Religious Identity

Thursday, February 8, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, 1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)

At this forum several individuals will talk about their experience and feelings about being actively and perhaps also being overtly religious. Many in the United States are uncomfortable with displays of religious identity whether its a Jewish Kippah, a Christian cross or clergy shirt, a Hijab worn by Muslim women, turban worn by Sikhs, or other identifying markers, such as, attending religious services regularly, reading sacred texts or religious literature in public, or praying in public. Why is this? How do you feel about this? What has been your experience? Are you okay with religious displays from your own religious group, but somewhat uncomfortable when done by members of other religious groups? What happens when people highjack a faith community’s deeply held religious identity markers/ symbols to use them for negative purposes? Following the talks there will be time for small group dialogue among all in attendance and for final comments in the whole group.

Free, open to all. (Free will offering) Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; Coffee, tea, and cookies are available, lunch is available in the cafeteria in the Olson Center; bag lunches welcome.

Go to the information desk at the Olson Center at the southeast corner of the Hendon Avenue and Fulham Avenue intersection and you will be directed to the room for the forum.