Listening to Culture and Violence
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By Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement
June 3, 2022
A Listening Year ~ June 2022
Listening to Culture and Violence
In the month of June, The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement is listening to “culture and violence.” CEIE Director and Spehar-Halligan Professor, Dr. Michael Trice, reflects on recent acts of violence and resources developed by the CEIE Team for how we may respond together.
Below are resources addressing acts of mass violence which we hope will assist your community. You will see:
A Resource from our Theological Laboratory focusing on a multiethnic and multireligious understanding of violence, its causes, its impact in culture – and in the last module – how we can respond together toward greater healing in our own communities.
Two podcasts with leaders from the Tree of Life Synagogue (U.S.) and Al Noor Mosque (New Zealand) who reflect upon and respond to a version of this question: “Given the experiences you have endured, what is important for local communities to remember in times of violence and trauma?”
Listen to Professor Leticia Guardiola-Saenz reflect on cultural violence and follow ways to respond in local communities.
Learning from Those Who Have Experienced Violence
Farid Ahmed was in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when the mosque was attacked and 51 people were murdered on March 15, 2019. Among those killed was Mr. Ahmed’s wife, Husna. This is an important story; a journey, for what Mr. Ahmed calls an “interior revolution.” In this episode, Mr. Ahmed discusses loss, return, and how violence in our communities is never the final word.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers serves as the Rabbi and Cantor of Tree of Life -- Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On October 27, 2018, Tree of Life was the target of an act of violence that left eleven people murdered. In this episode, Rabbi Myers reflects on ways to engage the sacred, the process of healing, and the role of solidarity in creating change.
The international Interfaith statement is endorsed by 188 faith leaders from 127 organizations in 40 counties with 40 percent of endorsers being women faith leaders.
The statement is submitted to the Secretary General and to the governments of Sweden and Kenya as co-chairs, recommitting to responding to the climate crisis.
Interfaith community representatives will present the statement to the United Nations.
VISIT and READ the Statement HERE!
Engagement Around the World (National/International Events Resources to Engage)
A Month to Engage: We are providing significant resources related to coming out of the pandemic for use in community and classroom below.
- 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions "A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights"
- The Gratitude Dojo – Portland, OR – Tuesday June 21st – The Appreciation Effect –Practicing Gratefulness
- Interfaith Works: Screening and Discussion of film “Doctrine of Discovery: In the name of Christ” - Virtual Event – Thursday June 9th (Olympia WA)
Our Center has a laboratory called the Religica Theolab with a commitment to public theological engagement for a new generation. In June we honor LGBTQ Pride Month. Take a listen by clicking the images below! Engage the Religica Theolab
Michael Ramos, who serves as the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, speaks with the CEIE Team about responding to racism in religious structures today. Take a listen!
Dr. Serene Jones, president at the historic Union Theological Seminary in New York City, speaks with the CEIE Team about how to heal moral injury from within. Take a listen!
Seattle U President, Eduardo Peñalver speaks with Dr. Michael Reid Trice about raising the empathy I.Q. on the university campus and the power of the Commons. Take a listen!
An Engaging Team: June: Advisory Council Member: Susan Tanabe
Susan at The Center
“I’m honored to be helping shape the narrative and digital outreach of The Center. My favorite part of my role is working alongside and learning from other Advisory Council Members. Together, we bring our talents to use for the greater purpose of connecting people and making meaningful change. What could be better than that!”
Appreciation from the Director:
“The CEIE team is gifted with Susan’s leadership on the Advisory Council. Her theological insight and ability to communicate compelling narrative is right up front! Susan brings her whole self to her work within the Advisory Council and everyone benefits!”
Engage Listening for Gratitude:
Religious traditions, Spiritual pathways, and Indigenous wisdom are active in communities around the world. Each month we share new ways to engage with our monthly theme. Below we offer a collection of resources to engage with gratitude:
Resources for Gratitude in Times of Crisis and Pandemic:
- Verywell mind – The importance of Gratitude in the Times of Covid
- Harvard Business Review – In Times of Crisis, a Little Thanks Goes a Long Way
- Gratefulness – Gratitude, Grief and Finding Your “Yes!”
- Greater Good Science Center: Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids
- Gratefulness – Healing Begins with Gratitude
Resources for Practicing Gratitude:
Lessons in Gratitude from World Religion & Culture:
- Yes Magazine - How Cultural Differences Shape Your Gratitude
- The World: Different Cultures Understand “Thank You” in Different Ways
- Thank You, God! Religious Perspectives on Gratitude
Engagement by the Dates: June 2022
Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
Shavuot ends – Judaism
St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian
Pentecost - Orthodox Christian
Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian
All Saint's Day – Orthodox Christian
Litha - Summer Solstice - Wicca/Neo Pagan
First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
Saint John the Baptist - Christian
Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
Coming in the Summer!
Look out for new podcasts and other media in the Summer, which will be released on our social media platforms and streaming channels.