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Film screening of "If I Give My Soul" and interfaith conversation with Andrew Johnson and local prison chaplains

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Woulfe Alumni Hall North (378A), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Free and open to the public

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If I Give My Soul: Pentecostalism in the Prisons of Rio captures the powerful role religion plays in the prisons of Rio de Janeiro.  In particular, this film documents Andrew Johnson’s work on why Pentecostalism thrives among inmate populations and the social consequences of charismatic Christianity for prisoners.  Following the film screening, local prison chaplains -- Rabbi Lynn Liberman, Rashed Ferdous, and Robert A. Klanderud -- from the Jewish, Muslim, and Dakota and Lakota traditions will join Johnson in a discussion on the role of religion inside prisons in Minnesota and abroad.

Andrew Johnson,

 Ph.D., who will be scholar-in-residence for the Jay Phillips Center, is currently a research associate for the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and recently served as a visiting fellow for the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.  His publications include “Brazilian Evangelicals: Stepping out into the Streets?”, "Brazil's Sleeping Giant: The Protestant Church," “Brazil’s Restorative Prisons” coauthored with Lorenn Walker and Katherine van Wormer in Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications (Sage, 2012), and the forthcoming “Politics of Presence: A Pentecostal Response to Violence in Prison in Rio de Janeiro” with the project Religion and Violence in Latin America at American University in Washington, D.C..  He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of 

Rashed Ferdous, a speaker for the Islamic Resource Group, is involved in various interfaith activities in the Rochester area, including Interfaith Habitat for Humanity, Rochester Area Interfaith Youth Core, and the KSMQ weekly TV show "Diversity Connection: Faith Edition." A software engineer by profession, Rashed volunteers at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, a federal prison providing specialized medical and mental health care to for male inmates, the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, and the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing.‌ Minnesota. ‌‌‌‌

‌Robert A. Klanderud, of Dakota and Lakota heritage, is enrolled with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in Minnesota and is committed to both his Native and Christian traditions. He served for eight years for the Division of Indian Work and Minneapolis Council of Churches as a case worker in the Fathers Program, Strengthening Family Circles program, and mentorship program for incarcerated men.  He also served for eight years in the chaplaincy program of the department of corrections for Hennepin, Stearns, Steele, and Anoka counties.‌

‌Rabbi Lynn Liberman is a resident chaplain in Clinical Pastoral Education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, an on-call chaplain at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, and a chaplain for the Mendota Heights and West St. Paul police and fire departments. She has worked in various educational settings and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College. A board member of Nechama—Jewish Response to Disaster, she is trained in Psychological First Aid and is a volunteer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee where she served as an intern chaplain.  

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Justice and Peace Studies at St. Thomas, and the Spirituality Institute of the St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work .

more info here: http://www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/religion-in-prison.html
Religion in Prison
Wed, February 19, 2014, 7:00 PM CST
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Lecture by Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

Free and open to the public

During his tenure as head of the Argentina Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, promoted interfaith dialogue.  He attended religious services at several synagogues, met with Jewish organizations, and enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina.  Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope, will review this relationship in the context of the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in Argentina and what it may tell us about the future of Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. 

Rabbi Mordechai Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana.  He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Previously he served as senior rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, and Congregation Lamroth Hakol in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he is a past president and a founder of the Latin American region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Levin is actively involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue and gives lectures to church, college, and high school groups. He has contributed as a consultant on interreligious affairs for the major Argentinean organization that represents all Jewish organizations in Argentina and he was part of the delegation during the Latin American Jewish/Catholic Consultation co-sponsored by the Latin American Council of Bishops and the Latin American Jewish Congress.  Among the boards on which he has served is the Omaha Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Board.  

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

more info here: http://www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/pope-francis-and-the-jewish-people-from-catholic-jewish-relations-in-argentina-to-catholic-jewish-relations-around-the-world.html 
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Presentations by Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka of Jerusalem

Date/Time Tuesday, October 1, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Location
Woulfe Alumni Hall North (378A)
Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas
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Free and open to the public
Refreshments
Coffee, tea, punch, and cookies will be provided free of charge. 
You are welcome to bring your own lunch.


Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka, prominent interreligious dialogue activists in Jerusalem, will discuss how they and other Jewish and Muslim religious leaders work together to foster peace between their peoples, how interreligious dialogue helps in that process, and how all of us can harness the positive power of religion for making peace.

Rabbi Ron Kronish, founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, is a noted educator, author, lecturer with rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.  A resident of Jerusalem, he has represented ICCI at the Vatican and at many international conferences, and he is frequently consulted by media representatives for background information and briefings on interreligious relations in Israel. 

Kadi Iyad Zahalka, head of the Shar'ia Court in Jerusalem, is an accomplished judge, lecturer, author and activist.  He has filled several important positions in the Shar'ia court system, including that of director.  Kadi Zahalka earned his L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University and his M.A. (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he is now completing his Ph.D. thesis on the Muslim minority jurisprudence doctrine (Fiqh al Aqalliyyat).

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Beth Jacob Congregation, Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota, Conflict Studies Program at Hamline University, Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Islamic Center of Minnesota, Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Paul, Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikvah Congregation, Macalester Plymouth United Church Peacemakers, Minnesota Rabbinical Association, Mount Zion Temple, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas, Muslim Student Association at Hamline University, Reconciliation Studies Program at Bethel University, SPIN (Saint Paul Interfaith Network), Temple Israel (Minneapolis), Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University, and United Theological Seminary 

more informaiation: http://www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/muslims-and-jews-seeking-peace-in-jerusalem.html
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Lecture by Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

Free and open to the public

During his tenure as head of the Argentina Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, promoted interfaith dialogue.  He attended religious services at several synagogues, met with Jewish organizations, and enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina.  Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope, will review this relationship in the context of the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in Argentina and what it may tell us about the future of Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. 

Rabbi Mordechai Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana.  He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Previously he served as senior rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, and Congregation Lamroth Hakol in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he is a past president and a founder of the Latin American region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Levin is actively involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue and gives lectures to church, college, and high school groups. He has contributed as a consultant on interreligious affairs for the major Argentinean organization that represents all Jewish organizations in Argentina and he was part of the delegation during the Latin American Jewish/Catholic Consultation co-sponsored by the Latin American Council of Bishops and the Latin American Jewish Congress.  Among the boards on which he has served is the Omaha Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Board.  

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

more info here: http://www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/pope-francis-and-the-jewish-people-from-catholic-jewish-relations-in-argentina-to-catholic-jewish-relations-around-the-world.html 
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Lecture by Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

Free and open to the public

During his tenure as head of the Argentina Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, promoted interfaith dialogue.  He attended religious services at several synagogues, met with Jewish organizations, and enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina.  Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope, will review this relationship in the context of the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in Argentina and what it may tell us about the future of Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. 

Rabbi Mordechai Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana.  He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Previously he served as senior rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, and Congregation Lamroth Hakol in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he is a past president and a founder of the Latin American region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Levin is actively involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue and gives lectures to church, college, and high school groups. He has contributed as a consultant on interreligious affairs for the major Argentinean organization that represents all Jewish organizations in Argentina and he was part of the delegation during the Latin American Jewish/Catholic Consultation co-sponsored by the Latin American Council of Bishops and the Latin American Jewish Congress.  Among the boards on which he has served is the Omaha Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Board.  

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

more info here: http://www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/pope-francis-and-the-jewish-people-from-catholic-jewish-relations-in-argentina-to-catholic-jewish-relations-around-the-world.html 
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The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace
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Francis personally signed a Vatican statement of friendship at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
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The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning is a collaborative enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.  After many years of fostering Jewish-Christian relations, the Jay Phillips Center expanded its mission to promote interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions. It does this by supporting a chair in Jewish studies and classes at both universities and by sponsoring a host of interfaith activities, including public lectures, artistic performances, retreats for college students, and seminars for clergy and religious educators. The programs are held on the two campuses and at synagogues, churches, mosques, and other places of worship.

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University of St. Thomas
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St. Paul, MN  55105

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