Center for Interfaith Engagement

The Weight of Transgenerational Trauma – Dr. Marjorie Agosin

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Other Speaking Events.

“Transgenerational trauma” is trauma that is transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of offspring of the survivors via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms. The descendant of Russian and Austrian Jews who perished in the Pogrom and the Holocaust, Dr. Marjorie Agosin’s family escaped from Vienna, Austria… Read more »

Suter Science Seminar with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Other Speaking Events.

I Shall Not Hate: A Journey of Hope through Faith, Tolerance, and Courage Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for three consecutive years. Born and raised in… Read more »

“A Conversation for Peace and Resilience” – Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

“A Conversation for Peace and Resilience” Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH Seminary Chapel Gathering led by Matthew Bucher, Maria Hosler Byler, Eric Trinka Dr. Abuelaish is a prominent Palestinian Muslim physician form Gaza who wrote, “I shall not Hate” about his life, the tragedy that befell his family, and his vision for a peaceful… Read more »

“Holy Week Chapel: What was the last supper of Jesus?” – Rabbi Niles Goldstein

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Chapels.

Explore the meaning and symbols of Passover and the Seder Meal with Rabbi Niles Goldstein, visiting Jewish scholar, prior to the invitation by campus pastors into the symbolism of bread and cup in what has come to be called Holy Communion for many Christians. ——- Niles Goldstein is a rabbi and the award-winning author… Read more »

“CIE Interfaith Forum: Part II” – Amir Akrami and Mark Thiessen Nation

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Pluralism, Particularity & the Way to Peace, II: Why Do We — a Muslim & a Mennonite— Care About This? A year ago the Center for Interfaith Engagement’s Visiting Muslim Scholar and theologian Dr. Amir Akrami and Mennonite theologian and Eastern Mennonite Seminary professor Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation engaged in a public discussion about… Read more »

CIE Lecture: “Experiences of a Palestinian Christian” – Salim Munayer

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A typical Western view is that Palestinian Christians feel threatened by Muslims, but the polling data shows that Palestinian Christians are emigrating because of hardships caused by the Israeli occupation. How does Christian Zionism impact the daily lives of Palestinians, and how has it created a disconnect between American churches and Palestinian Christians? What… Read more »

“Discern Love for Enemies” – Dr. John Fairfield

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary.

Dr. John Fairfield, Research Fellow for EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, addresses Chapel Gathering in the seminary with the topic, “Discern love for enemies” The entire campus community is invited to every chapel service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 11:00.

“Rumi: The man, his faith, and some poetry” – Dr. Amir Akrami

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Visiting scholar from Iran, Dr. Amir Akrami, is an expert on Rumi and Islamic mysticism. He leads bi-weekly readings and discussions on Rumi and his work. For hundreds of years Rumi has been one of the greatest poets of the Persian world and one of the most popular poets in the world. In recent… Read more »

“Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” – Rabbi Niles Goldstein

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Rabbi Niles Goldstein, founder of the New Shul in New York City and author most recently of Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Guide to Renewing an Ancient Faith, presents a talk on spiritual writings. Goldstein’s talk describes a course he teaches called “Spiritual Writing and Spiritual Writers” that draws on devotional literature from various religious… Read more »

CIE Interfaith Forum: Dr. Jon Hoover

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Dr. Jon Hoover, a leading Mennonite Islamics scholar and professor at The University of Nottingham, presents a CIE forum on “Christian-Muslim Relations in the Arab Middle East: The Long View of History.” He analyzes the history of Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle East leading up to the present. Jon spent a number of years… Read more »