College of Arts and Sciences


  • Reimagining “Religion” Set for March 3

    February 14, 2011

    College of Arts and Sciences faculty members Beatrice Lawrence and Wes Howard-Brook are joined by Mohammad Fani of the Islamic Education Center for a conversation on the meaning of “religion.” Sponsored by the Department of theology and Religious Studies, this public event takes place at 7 p.m.on March 3 in Wyckoff Auditorium on the Seattle University campus.

    Panelists will discuss the question of whether religion is an individual worldview, a social institution, a communal identity, a set of practices, or something else.  They will engage this question in its relationship to the sacred texts of the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bible, and the Quran as preparation for a later conversation on how "religion" legitimizes or opposes violence in the name of God. We invite you to join us for an evening of listening to one another as we seek a shared language that can honor differences without hostility or rancor.

    Beatrice Lawrence, Ph.D.,is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies in the Theology and Religious Studies Department. Wes Howard-Brook, J.D., M.Div., teaches Christian theology and the New Testament in the Theology and Religious Studies Department. Mohammad Fani, M.S.,  director of interfaith for the OneWorld2011, serves as a member of Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach and the Interfaith Committee Chair at the Islamic Educational Center of Seattle.

    In addition to a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 32 undergraduate degrees and 7 advanced degrees



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