Interfaith Harmony Week was unanimously adopted by the United Nations in 2010 to be observed during the first week of each February. ?Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform each year when people of good will recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh their differences.
To mark Interfaith Harmony Week, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry again is hosting a special reception for you and other key members of religious leadership in our community.
This year our chosen theme is: "If our faiths teach love, why do we hate?" ?Is love meant just for those who think or believe like us or is it intended for everyone? ?As a further challenge, most of us recognize that at some point in the past (and maybe even to this day) many ?of our faiths have advocated the use of violence in the name of God, thus we also need to own up to our religions? dark sides. Even the most perfect of religions is only as good as its adherents' behavior and people have all sorts of motives that can be disguised in religious garb. This question get at the heart of the issue of the role of religion in our world, both past and present. ?
To kick off our table discussions, we have asked Dr. Hy Le Xuan to offer a psychological perspective on why people hate. He will be followed by a panel comprised of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist speakers, who will endeavor to confront this topic honestly and openly. ?One of these speakers will be our very own Rev. Mike Raschko, PhD.?
Facilitated discussions with colleagues and peers at each table will conclude the evening. ?These table conversations have been the highlight of past events and your participation will give insight to us as we look to the future of interfaith relations in our region.
Thursday, February 5 | 6:30pm-9:00pm
Seattle University | Student Center 160
$5 Students, $10 for all others (Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres)?
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