Interreligious Dialogue Fostering Civility and Commitment
You may have heard in various media, including the blogs and radio shows of Jan Markell and Brannon Howse, of the November 3 Interreligious Symposium at Bethel titled, “Meditation: Buddhist and Christian ‘Is There Common Ground?’” Instead of approaching the Bethel faculty involved or the administration to deal with the situation privately, some of the people concerned with the Interreligious Symposium have immediately attempted to publicize what they regarded as offensive—stirring up strife with unsubstantiated accusations. We have added important information below to counter some of these untruths, and encourage you to read the information and listen to the Interreligious Symposium to draw your own conclusions.
It is important to have history and context for the Interreligious Symposia at Bethel. The symposia have been a part of Bethel’s religious studies program for five years. The goal has been to help Bethel students become aware of significant world religious traditions. It is part of Bethel’s “world-changers” value to help students think deeply and care genuinely for people whom Christ loves—even though those people have opinions or beliefs that are contrary to Scripture. Combined with the many ways students are taught, mentored, and encouraged in their Christian faith, these symposia help students who choose to participate become storm-hardy Christians, able to maintain their commitment to faith in the face of opposition.
Adolf Olson Memorial Lecture
2011 - Dr. Robert Frykenberg, Living with Islam: Christians and Muslims in Historical Perspective
For more information:
Contact the Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Pamela Erwin 651.638.6350.