March 2018: Challenges of the 21st Century

March 2018 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

How Are/Could Religious Institutions Respond Effectively to the Challenges of the 21st Century?

Thursday, March 8, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, 1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Northwestern Hall (kitty-corner, across the intersection of Hendon and Fulham Avenues, from the Olson Campus Center), Room 100
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)

As we enter the 21st century the religions are facing serious challenges. Within the religions there are growing tensions. Within western Christianity there are the challenges of aging societies, aging infrastructure, increasing ethnic diversity, and declining numbers, especially among the young. In the wider world the religions confront the challenges of religious pluralism, secularism, science, technology, climate change, ethnic animosity, poverty, and human migration. How are the religions responding to these and other challenges? How could they make a better response?

To answer this question a group of individuals will give their thoughts before opening the conversation to all in attendance. We have a high school chaplain, a rabbi, a former university professor, a university student, a seminary student, and a seminary faculty member who will offer their concise reflections to stimulate what we hope will be a very engaging conversation. Panelists include: Prof. Matthew Skinner, Luther Seminary; Rev. John Bellaimy, Chaplain, The Breck School; Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein, Director, By the Rivers; Rev. Scott Simmons, Pastor, Lydia’s Place; Phifer Nicholson, University of Minnesota student and interfaith activist; Mehar Mahmood, Muslim youth leader; and Muhammad Mualim, University of St. Thomas student and founder of Dream Refugee.

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.