SBU Honors Seminar in Interreligious Dialogue
Greetings to all who have been waiting patiently for the latest post here on Dating God. My apologies for the delay in getting the regular content up here, things have been extraordinarily busy these last few days and will continue to be so for the next two weeks. I hope, nonetheless, to post periodically during this time, if on a slightly reduced schedule.
The reason I am not as available to comment on the many things that are happening in the world (such as the recent supreme court decisions) and to reflect on the daily scripture that I try to share a few times a week is that I’m currently at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York co-teaching an undergraduate Honors Seminar in Interreligious Dialogue that runs for two weeks and is rather intensive. This is a unique program that is jointly sponsored by St. Bonaventure and the Chautaqua Institution. In addition to the significant reading and seminar requirements, faculty lectures from me and Prof. Susan Abraham, from Harvard Divinity School and fellow instructor, the students will spend a week at the Chautauqua Institution attending an array of lectures, participate in worship services, experience creative and musical performances, and have the opportunity to meet as a class with some world-renown speakers in the area of inter-faith work and dialogue.
We have students from four universities in New York and Pennsylvania participating in the pilot program of this course. It is a wonderful group of bright and enthusiastic students, and it is a privilege to work along with Prof. Abraham in teaching and facilitating this program. This course is the creative idea of St. Bonaventure University’s president, Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, and the whole theology department, school of arts and sciences and university-wide community is delighted to be running this program. Hopefully it will continue in summers to follow, drawing more students from various schools to come learn, share, grow intellectually and spiritually, and forge connections that help advance interreligious understanding, dialogue and cooperation.