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23 Mar

Intersections: Faith, Church, and the Academy

Time & Date

Event Dates:
March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Time Zone

CT - Central Time

Registration Deadline

02/22/2018 11:59PM


General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
1001 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

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Contact Info:

Kami Kinlaw

Event Details

Audience: All

U.S. college campuses, today, are more religiously diverse than ever before. Such diversity can prompt new opportunities for enrichment and growth, as well as anxieties rooted often in misunderstandings. The expansion of religious diversity upon college campuses poses unique questions and challenges for institutional administrators and faculty, chaplains and campus ministry leaders, students, and even church leaders. In the book, "Intersections: Faith, Church, and the Academy" (forthcoming from Wesley’s Foundery Books at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Minstry.), authors focused attention upon the ways in which such increased diversity has affected college campuses and strategies employed to respond to such shifts. The Intersections conference brings together volume authors and others to discuss the impact of increased religious diversity on campuses and the importance of interfaith engagement. The purpose of the gathering is to establish a forum for the consideration of ideas, approaches, and questions, relating to religious diversity on college campuses. The conference will include: Discussions of key historical events associated with the expansion of interfaith engagement within the U.S.; exploration of specific programmatic models for interfaith engagement being employed on U.S. campuses; consideration of trends and future opportunities stemming from increased religious diversity upon college campuses. Main Speakers Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of "Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer." He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. S. Wesley Ariarajah, professor emeritus of Ecumenical Theology, Drew University School of Theology.  Ariarajah served for over 10 years as director of the Department of Interfaith Dialogue Program of the World Council of Churches. From 1992, he was the deputygeneral secretary of the WCC. He recently published "Strangers or Co-Pilgrims?: The Impact of Interfaith Dialogue on Christian Faith and Practice," published by Fortress Press in 2017. Who should attend? College administrators and faculty members, chaplains, student life staff members, students, church leaders, and others interested in the impact of increased religious diversity upon college campuses. 

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General Board of Higher Education and Ministry