Thursday, September 26, 2013
7:00 PM to
Presentation and panel discussion to launch series of Muslim Journey's grant events that will be taking place throughout the academic year. Each presentation is free and open to the campus community and the public.
Initial presentation is entitled "Immigrants and Spiritual Pluralism in America".
Dr. Jon Butler, author of Religion in Colonial America, will provide us with historical background on the development of religion in America. He reminds us that we as a people have always been religiously diverse; religious pluralism is a central part of what defines us as Americans. As each new wave of immigrants settled in our communities, new challenges for understanding these new belief systems presented themselves. The First Amendment and the unique protection it provides nurtured a “spiritual pluralism unlike that found in any society on either side of the Atlantic or Pacific” (Religion in America, p. 141).
Dr. Odeh Muhawesh, CEO and successful business leader from Plymouth, Minn., will tell of his experiences as a new immigrant to the Twin Cities. Over the past 26 years, Dr. Muhawesh has founded several very successful businesses and established a strong record of growing revenue and developing competitive products for software and service companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Theology from International Theological Seminary, specializes in theology and modern Middle Eastern history, teaches at the University of St. Thomas and is an associate of their Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center.
The Concordia University, St. Paul library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.