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Sacred Texts Across Traditions: Series of Talks by the Ignatian Center Begin Jan. 22
Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 7, 2013— At a time when a hateful video can spark mass violence in the Middle East and interreligious respect and understanding often seems unattainable, Santa Clara University is holding a series of a dozen lectures exploring the public significance of sacred texts from diverse contexts and faith traditions.
Several of the speakers from the series, presented by the University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, regularly represent their faiths in public interfaith events. Hindu Ravi Gupta met Pope Benedict XVI upon his first visit to the U.S. Muslim Ingrid Mattson spoke at President Obama’s first inaugural interfaith prayer service.
Titled Sacred Dialogue: Interpreting and Embodying Sacred Texts Across Traditions, speakers in this series will discuss pertinent aspects of their respective faiths’ sacred texts, such as the interplay of creation and chaos in Hindu sacred texts; charity and hospitality in Hebrew Scriptures; and the role of the Qur’an in the life of Muslims.
As part of the series, the Ignatian Center will also host an exhibit Feb. 15 to June 30, featuring art celebrating and created from sacred texts, as an examination of their power and timelessness. More on the exhibit can be found at www.scu.edu/ic/institute/exhibit.
“This winter lecture series seeks to promote an ethic of dialogue across religious traditions,” said Michael C. McCarthy, S.J., director of the Ignatian Center, which advances the University’s commitment to integrate faith, justice, and the intellectual life. “In the textured religious and secular landscape of our globalizing world, this series offers an opportunity to go beyond the surface of popular and sometime polarizing rhetoric, so that we might collectively engage issues of public import through the resources of diverse sacred texts and traditions.”
The lecture series begins on Jan. 22 and continues through March 14. The lectures are offered through the Center’s Bannan Institute, which hosts yearlong thematic programs to engage Santa Clara University and the larger community around issues of contemporary religious, cultural and theological debate. A full list of events and speakers is available at www.scu.edu/ignatiancenter.
Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago
Heidi Campbell, Texas A& M, and Lisa Webster, Religion Dispatches
Rachel Wagner, Ithaca College and Sean O’Callaghan, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island
Ravi Gupta, College of William and Mary
Eric Hollas, O.S.B., Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN.
Alex Pang, Stanford University, Kimberly Knight, Koinonia Congregational Church, Second Life, and Douglas Rushkoff, author
Ingrid Mattson, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario, Canada
David Gray, Santa Clara University
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Michael Perry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Other public events:
Opening Reception, Dialoguing with Sacred Texts: An Exhibit of Sacred Texts Past, Present, and Future.
Curator Michelle Townsend will offer an overview of the exhibit and many of the exhibited artists will be on hand for conversation and comment.
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