NECU 2020 Online Interfaith Conference

Multiple Belongings - Interfaith and Intersections

NECU 2020 Online Interfaith Conference | July 15-16, 2020 | Zoom Webinar hosted by Luther College

The session on July 15th will feature a keynote address by Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor in Muslim and Interreligious Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary, on “Religiously Fluid in the 21st Century: Higher Education and the Case for Interreligious Education.” Her presentation will be followed by a panel of respondents. 

The session July 16th will feature a presentation on “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment: A Policy Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” by Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Bishop and Executive for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations & Theological Discernment for the ELCA. Her presentation will be followed by further reflections from a panel on the Declaration and the panel’s responses to Kathryn Lohre’s presentation.

Agenda:

July 15, 1:00-2:30pm CDT “Religiously Fluid in the 21st Century: Higher Education and the Case for Interreligious Education” Professor Najeeba Syeed, Chicago Theological Seminary.

  • Professor Syeed will engage the concept of religious fluidity with an eye towards how this is changing the landscape of spiritual care, interfaith relations, and the study of religion on university campuses.
  • Panel discussion including Professor Gereon Kopf, Luther College and Fardossa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate at Augsburg University.
  • Question and Answer with presenter and panelists moderated by Chaplain Siri Erickson, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Pastor Anne Edison-Albright, Luther College.

July 16, 1:00-2:30pm CDT “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment: A policy statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment.

  • Kathryn Lohre will present an overview of the “Declaration,” discuss its origins, and its relevance to NECU institutions. 
  • Panel discussion including Professor Wanda Deifelt, Luther College; Ashalul Aden ('20), Luther College; and Professor Jacqueline Bussie, Concordia College