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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
Russell James Pyle ’03, psychotherapist and PhD student in counselor education at the University of New Mexico, presents on Buddhist psychology. From Russell: “With the rise of the mindfulness movement in psychotherapy, there has been a renewed interest in the wisdom psychology of Buddhism. Buddhist principles can be beneficial to the process of healing… Read more »
Amir Akrami and Mark Thiessen Nation – Pluralism, Particularity & the Way to Peace: A Muslim and a Mennonite in Dialogue. Thiessen Nation is Professor of Theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Akrami is Visiting Muslim Scholar at EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. They each speak from their respective approaches followed by opportunity to… Read more »
Najeeba Syeed Miller, professor of inter-religious education at Claremont School of Theology and Director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding, speaks on, “Prophetic Peacebuilding: Abrahamic Visions for Peace.” A practitioner and educator in conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity, her involvements include conducting gang interventions, implementing diversity training in universities and… Read more »
Mark Gopin, James H. Laue Professor and Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, speaks on his national and international interfaith peacebuilding efforts focusing on “Self Examination’s Contribution to Peacebuilding.” Gopin is an expert on the role that religion and culture play in conflicts and conflict… Read more »
Yehezkel Landau, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Relations at Hartford Seminary and first holder of the newly endowed chair in Abrahamic Partnerships at Hartford Seminary, offers professional and personal insights on “Abrahamic Partnerships in Pursuit of Peace.” This talk combines Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations with the wider agenda of religious peacemaking.
Sumanto is a 2007 EMU CJP grad with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University. His address, “Religion, Violence, and Conciliation: The Case of Ambon, Eastern Indonesia,” focuses on inter-religious conflicts, prospects for future peace, and challenges of interfaith engagement among Christians and Muslims. Sumanto, General Secretary, Nahdlatul Ulama Community in North America;… Read more »