Interreligious Dialogue in India

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture welcomes Vincent Sekhar, S.J., who will share his experiences in a talk titled "Neighborliness: Seeds Challenges and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India." The free public lecture will take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160), and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Father Sekhar's talk is the second in a new series of lectures, Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia , which is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences' William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair Fund. His talk will explore how terrorism, fundamentalism, and matters of social and economic justice have served to bring Hindu and Christian communities together in dialogue in contemporary India.

To enrich Sekhar's discussion, SU will also host Michael Amaladoss, S.J., a prominent Jesuit theologian in Delhi, where he teaches. Father Amaladoss holds an assistantship to the Superior General to the Society of Jesus, and has advised two Pontifical Councils at the Vatican. Sekhar himself, a specialist in Jain religion and philosophy has served as secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and is executive director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion. In the past, Sekhar has delivered lectures for the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and has taught at Fordham University in New York.

With published works spanning topics from religious dialogues to ecology and the environment, Sekhar has an appreciation for the complex implications of interpretive religious doctrines in the contemporary world.

In India, Sekhar finds that the pride of diversity in contemporary times can support interreligious dialogue, but that a pluralist identity can also prove to be a challenge to profitable interlocution. He recognizes the necessity of pluralism in dialogue, and at the same time he references how extremism and Hindu nationalism have been seen as alienating religious groups from one another. Sekhar examines how conflict between extremist factions is conducive to cooperation between larger, central faith communities of different religions. Cooperation in the face of division is the keystone to Sekhar's work.

Sekhar and Amaladoss will be visiting Seattle University from April 21 through April 24, visiting classes and attending faculty events.

The final installment of the Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia series will be a discussion of Buddhist-Christian dialogue in Theravada countries of Asia, delivered by In-gun Kang, S.J., on May 6.

RSVP to the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at ICTC@seattleu.edu  to ensure your place at the April 22 presentation.  

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