Interfaith Symposium

Paul Knitter • Malcolm Nazareth • Najeeba Syeed


Wednesday—March 2, 2016

10:30-10:50 Chapel: Malcolm Nazareth Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
11:30-12:30 Brown Bag Lunch with Paul Knitter Dahl Centennial Union, Borlaug Room

 Interfaith Worship Services (1:00-6:00 p.m.—come and go)

1:00-2:00 p.m.     Rev. Laura Myoko Demuth       Decorah Zen Center
2:00-3:00 p.m. Rashed Ferdous Islamic Resource Group, Rochester
3:00-4:00 p.m. Rabbi Erin Maiden Sons of Jacob Synagogue, Waterloo
4:00-5:00 p.m. Amy Chicos Shamanistic Journey
5:00-6:00 p.m. Rev. Laura Arnold United Church of Christ, Decorah


Thursday—March 3, 2016
9:45-10:45 a.m.
Preus Library, Hovde Room
Najeeba Syeed's informal conversation on feminist theology with Wanda Deifelt as well as students from the Women and Gender Studies Program

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Valders Hall of Science, Room 206
Panel on "Persons of Multiple Belonging as Agents of Peace" with Paul Knitter, Malcolm Nazareth, and Najeeba Syeed

Paul Knitter is the Emeritus Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and Emeritus Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Much of his research and publications have dealt with religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue. Since his groundbreaking 1985 book No Other Name? he has been exploring how the religious communities of the world can cooperate in promoting human and ecological well-being.

Malcolm Nazareth is a co-founder of the Center for Interfaith Encounter (CIE) and of Understanding the Need for Interfaith/Intercultural Togetherness and Education (UNIITE). He has cocreated and organized nearly 500 interfaith/intercultural programs. Nazareth holds multiple master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in religion, is the author of Health Care and World Religions: A Handbook for Health Care Professional, and teaches courses on diversity and race studies at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University.

Najeeba Syeed is a professor at Claremont School of Theology and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. She twice received the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence in schools and in the area of interracial gang conflicts. She has chaired national conferences on Muslim and interfaith peacebuilding, served as a mediator in many cases, and started mediation programs in many institutions including University of Southern California and several middle and high schools.