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“Paths of Peace to Heal Open Wounds”: Interreligious Encounters with Fratelli Tutti
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
A mosaic image of St. Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, whose encounter in 1219 was a point of inspiration for Pope Francis’ composition of Fratelli Tutti. Image from the Church of St. Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00-2:00 pm EST join GEII in an online colloquium. Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti (“brothers and sisters, all”), released on October 4, 2020, develops at length a call for a “culture of encounter” in which dialogue among people, communities, and religious traditions is not merely a cosmetic or pragmatic opportunity, but an urgently needed means of healing our corroded public culture, which has increasingly been marked more by clashes of opinion grounded in alternative realities than by empathy and ethical engagement with otherness. Genuine dialogue can, Pope Francis suggests, be a transformative path of “peace to heal open wounds” (FT 225): a path with no end, as the building of peace does not conclude with the cessation of violence. The encyclical, accordingly, builds toward its concluding appeal to the religions—not merely to the people of conscience who constitute them, but to the traditions themselves—to become cultivators of universal fraternity, which does not abolish or even marginalize difference but grounds it in a familial love that subordinates disagreement to reciprocal commitment.
This online colloquium brings together scholars and leaders from several religious traditions who represent a wealth of experience and guiding insight with the public interreligious dialogue for which Fratelli Tutti calls. The colloquium will be moderated by the Very Rev. Brian Terry, Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Following the panel, our conversation will continue in small groups, moderated by staff and local interfaith leaders.
We encourage, though of course do not expect, participants to have read at least some of the encyclical Fratelli Tutti prior to the event: available here.
Dr. Pritpal Kaur (The Sikh Coalition)
Pritpal Kaur serves as Education Director at the Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights organization, and as a Co-President of the World Council of Religions for Peace. Born and raised in England, Dr. Kaur holds a PhD in Sikh Studies from the University of Birmingham (UK). She now lives with her husband and daughter in Orange County, California.
Dr. Mona Siddiqui (The University of Edinburgh)
Mona Siddiqui, OBE, is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh and specializes in classical Islamic law and Christian-Muslim relations. Alongside her academic works, she is a public intellectual who regularly contributes and broadcasts for a wide variety of media. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Academy of Arts and a recent recipient of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for reconciliation and interfaith cooperation.
Rev. Kosen Gregory Snyder (Union Theological Seminary)
Rev. Kosen Gregory Snyder is the Senior Director and Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary where he oversees the Master of Divinity degree program in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement as well as the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism. Rev. Snyder is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest and dharma-transmitted teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He co-founded and is currently the senior resident priest at the Brooklyn Zen Center and Ancestral Heart Zen Monastery in Millerton NY.
Rabbi Burton Visotzky (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Rabbi Burton Visotzky, PhD, serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. There, he directs the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue. Rabbi Visotzky is author of ten books and the editor/ contributor of another seven volumes, the most recent: JUDAISM vol. 1: History; vol. 2: Literature; vol. 3: Culture and Modernity (Kohlhammer; 2020-2021).
This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.
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