Jesuits Address Interreligious Dialogue in India

Written by Laura Paskin
April 3, 2014

Vincent Sekhar, S.J., presents “Neighborliness: Seeds Challenges and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India” on April 22.  He 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.

Fr. Sekhar, a specialist in Jain religion and philosophy, has served as the Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and is Executive Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion. He has lectured for the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and has taught at Fordham University in New York. His publications span topics from religious dialogues to ecology and the environment.

Seattle University is also hosting Michael Amaladoss, S.J., to enrich Sekhar’s discussion. Fr. Amaladoss is a prominent Jesuit theologian and teacher in Delhi. He holds an assistantship to the Superior General to the Society of Jesus and has advised two Pontifical Councils at the Vatican.

The public lecture is set for 5 p.m., April 22, 2014, in the Student Center. The lecture is free, but RSVPs are required here.

In addition to the lecture, Fr. Sekhar and Fr. Amaladoss will visit classes and attend faculty events from April 21 to April 24.

Sekhar’s visit is the second in a series of lectures,Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia, sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and the William F. Le Roux Endowed Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.