Friday, January 17, 2014 – 7:00 PM – Professor Glenn T. Webb
“The Art of Living in the World: Awareness, Respect and Trust”
Distinguished Valley resident, Glenn T. Webb, Emeritus Professor of East Asian Cultural and Religious History at Pepperdine University – a Christian and an ordained Buddhist – will draw from his experiences in studying and working with leading Buddhists in Japan. He will share how he and his Buddhist colleagues became more aware and respectful of each other’s faith, and learned how to trust and draw from the truths of each.
In 2011, His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Akihito of Japan, conferred upon Glenn the Order of the Rising Sun, for his contributions to cultural and religious understanding. The Order of the Rising Sun is the second highest honor accorded by Japan. Visit Glenn’s blog to learn more about him at: http://sugoisekai.blogspot.com/2010/02/resume.html
Thursday, February 20, 2014 – 7:00 PM – Brian McLaren
“The Role of a Christian in a Multi-Faith World”
Prominent keynote speaker, author, theologian and activist, Brian McLaren, includes The Forum at St. Margaret’s on his West-Coast tour. Brian’s recent book, Why did Jesus, Moses, Mohammed and the Buddha Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, examines the confusion we often experience in how to relate to those of other faiths. Should we proselytize, befriend or study with those of other religions? Or, in Brian’s words, should we “be nice to them when necessary in order to convert them” or, should we “see them as spiritual competitors and potential enemies”? Can we be “benevolent toward people of other faiths”?
Time Magazine selected Brian as one of the 25 leading Christians to watch. To learn more about Brian, check out his web site at the following link: www.brianmclaren.net
Friday, March 14, 2014 – 7:00 PM – Najeeba Syeed-Miller
“Interfaith Peacemaking: Healing the World”
Najeeba Syeed-Miller is a Muslim woman who was born in the Kashmir area of India, educated at a Quaker college in North Carolina, and graduated from law school at Indiana University. She is an Assistant Professor of Interreligious Studies at Claremont School of Theology and a prolific practitioner of conflict resolution in areas of ethnic and religious diversity, as well as in gang interventions. Her real-life stories model how interfaith peacemaking can work.
Najeeba has twice won the Jon Anson Ford prize for reducing violence in schools, and won the So. California Mediation Association’s Peacemaker of the Year Award in 2007. Learn more about Najeeba at: http://najeeba.com (then click on “About” to view her bio).
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