June 10, 2002 11:04
Diocese of Michigan and Episcopal Relief and Development Host National Interfaith Conference
University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for the Study of Religion and Society, U-M's Pluralism Project, Collaborates to Further Enhance Religious Diversity Awareness in the U.S.
DETROIT, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid a growing national awareness of the range and breadth of religious beliefs in the United States, the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan is co-hosting a conference on American religious diversity June 10-15, 2002.
Conference seminars will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military Road, Dearborn; and, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn. Additionally, 10 site visits -- crucial to the week-long program -- are planned for registrants at metropolitan area houses of worship and community centers.
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce foundational information about the beliefs and practices of several of the world's religions to people engaged in Christian ministry in a multi-religious society, sufficient to engage in intelligent and sensitive inter-religious dialogue. To that end, this course will strive to accomplish the following:
* Acquaint students with the vocabulary and grammar of a number of religions with which Christianity has a lively and ongoing dialogue, and to do so in a way such that adherents of those religions would recognize themselves in the descriptions given in this course;
* Make use of a broad range of materials, including visual aids, guests, and site visits; and,
* Explore several theories of interfaith dialogue.
Seminar Coordinator, Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D., Interfaith Education Officer for the Episcopal Church USA., said: "We are proud to co-host this important conference on religious diversity in the Detroit area, where the mix of cultures and religions is as rich as anywhere in the country. Getting to know better the ways in which our fellow citizens pray and demonstrate their faith is a vital component to community development, fellowship and acceptance."
Founded in 1832, the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan is the ecclesiastical and administrative home for 97 Episcopalian congregations and 35,000 faithful throughout southeast- and mid-Michigan. These are among the major activities of the Diocese: congregation development, community witness, Christian formation, corporate witness, 15 Diocese-wide social service agencies and programs, and three chaplaincies at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. The Diocese is an administrative unit of The Episcopal Church, USA as well as the worldwide Anglican Communion -- a Christian community using the practices and traditions of the Church of England.
Dearborn Seminar Schedule
Monday 8:30-9:00 Coffee & gathering University of Michigan- Dearborn 9:00-10:30 About the IEI; Getting acquainted; How this week will work; Definitions University of Michigan- Dearborn 10:30-10:45 Break Courtyard 10:45-Noon A New Religious Detroit: Claude Jacobs & Bill McNeece, presenters University of Michigan- Dearborn 12-12:15 To Christ Church 12:15-1:15 Lunch from La Penguina Deli Christ Church 1:15-2:30 The complexity of 21st-century Judaism Christ Church 2:30 To site visit in Pontiac 3:00-5:00 Site visit: Temple Emanu-el (14450 West 10 Mile Road, Oak Park) 5:00-6:00 Return to Dearborn 6:00-8:30 Dinner & Discussion: Jewish-Christian Dialogue Issues Restaurant TBD Tuesday 8:30-9:30 Coffee & debriefing University of Michigan- Dearborn 9:00-10:30 Anglicanism and a theology of the neighbor University of Michigan- Dearborn 10:30-10:45 Break Courtyard 10:45-Noon Three-dimensional Islam University of Michigan- Dearborn 12-12:15 Relocate to Christ Church 12:15-1:15 Lunch from New Yasmeen Bakery Christ Church 1:15-2:30 Anglicanism and Islam; Islamic texts Location TBD 2:30 Depart for mosque tour 2:45-5:00 Site visits: Yemeni mosque; Islamic school; African-American mosque; Shi'a mosque 5:00 Return to Christ Church to retrieve cars; free evening Wednesday 8:30-9:30 Coffee & debriefing University of Michigan- Dearborn 9:00-10:00 Abrahamic Dialogue: issues, models University of Michigan- Dearborn 10:00-10:15 Break Courtyard 10:15-11:45 A brief introduction to Zoroastrianism, 15-minute film of Sikhism University of Michigan- Dearborn 11:45-12:00 Relocate to Christ Church 12:00-1:00 Lunch Christ Church 1:00-3:00 Introduction to Hinduism Christ Church 3:00-4:00 Depart for Pontiac 4:00-6:00 Site visit: Parashakthi [Hindu] Temple (551 West Kennett, Pontiac) 6:00-6:45 Travel to Farmington Hills 6:45-9:00 Site visit: The Jain Society of Greater Detroit (29278 West 12 Mile Road. Farmington Hills) 9:00 Return to Dearborn Thursday 8:30-9:30 Coffee & debriefing University of Michigan- Dearborn 9:00-10:30 Brief introduction to Shinto, Taoism, Confucianism (Film excerpt: A question of balance ) University of Michigan- Dearborn 10:30-10:45 Break Courtyard 10:45-Noon Flavors of Buddhism University of Michigan- Dearborn 12-12:15 Relocate to Christ Church 12:15-1:30 Lunch Christ Church 1:15-2:30 Film: Becoming the Buddha in L.A. Christ Church 2:30 Depart for Southfield 3:00-5:00 Site visit: Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara (26105 Shiawassee, Southfield) 5:00-6:00 Travel to West Bloomfield 6:00-8:30 Site visit, dinner, discussion: Guru Nanak Sikh Temple (6088 Oak Trail, West Bloomfield) Friday 8:30-9:30 Coffee & debriefing University of Michigan- Dearborn 9:00-10:00 More on Baha'i: Paula Drewek presenting University of Michigan- Dearborn 10:00-10:30 Anglicanism and First Peoples' spirituality 10:30 To Detroit 11:00-2:00 Site Visit, lunch: American Indian Health and Family Services Center (4880 Lawndale, Detroit); additional presentation: Willis Moore 2:00-2:30 Return to Christ Church 2:30-6:00 Free afternoon 6:00-8:30 Dinner and Discussion: Community Reconciliation La Shish Restaurant Saturday 8:30-9:30 Coffee & debriefing Christ Church 9:00-11:00 Recap; Survey of materials; How to find your religious neighbors; Follow-up; Evaluation Christ Church MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
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