Upcoming Public Events
Below is a listing of upcoming public events sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center at Saint John's University. For Jay Phillips Center events at the University of St. Thomas and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area click here.
Religious Diversity in the Middle East Today: A Blessing or a Curse?
Lecture by Rev. Paul Haidostian, Ph.D.
Monday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Quad 264, SJU
The Middle East is known to be the cradle of many civilizations including the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yet, the same region is better known today for political and military conflicts that increasingly and violently undermine the constructive meaning of religion and the celebration of the rich diversity that could ensue. But are there not in the Middle East genuine expressions of peaceful coexistence and dialogue, whether structured or not? In this presentation, Dr. Haidostian will draw on his experiences as an administrator, academician, and theologian to analyze current religious trends and developments that challenge communities in the Middle East and elsewhere. Finally, he will discuss the implications of the topic for interreligious living in the world.
Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian is president of Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon, a position he has held since 2002. An ordained minister of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE), he has served as chair of the Central Committee of the UAECNE (Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Cypress, Turkey, Iran, Greece, and Australia) since 2010. Dr. Haidostian earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Haigazian University, a M.Div. from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1993 to 2002 he was associate professor of practical theology at the Near East School of Theology, where he continued as lecturer for seven years even after becoming president of Haigazian University. Lecturing and writing in Armenian, Arabic, and English on topics ranging from pastoral theology and psychology to ecumenism and socio-political issues, Dr. Haidostian's published articles and sermons have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers and he currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
Sponsored in collaboration with Intercultural and International Student Services and the Center for Global Education at CSB/SJU
Listening for the Spirit of God in Our Pursuit of Justice:
Spirituality and Justice in the Jewish Tradition
Lecture by Rabbi Rachel Timoner
Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Founders Room (Quad 170), SJU
Judaism is an action-focused tradition. From the commandments given at Sinai and the shouts of Israel's ancient prophets to the teachings of contemporary women and men of prophetic vision and witness, Judaism calls upon people to end poverty, oppression, and all forms of injustice. But what is the relationship between spirituality and justice in Jewish tradition? In this lecture, Rabbi Rachel Timoner will explore the meaning of God as spirit, ways of discerning God's spirit in and around us, spiritual practices that help us nurture the gifts of God's spirit in our lives, and how all of this relates to the covenantal call for creating a better world.
Rabbi Rachel Timoner is associate rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where her focus is on social justice, spiritual life, and lifelong learning, and she is the author of Breath of Life: God as Spirit in Judaism, published by Paraclete Press. She was born and grew up in Miami, Florida, earned a B.A. degree from Yale University, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and received numerous awards, including one for excellence in biblical studies and another for scholarly writing. Before entering rabbinical school, she worked for thirteen years with social justice non-profit organizations, was named by the San Francisco Examiner and KQED (PBS) as an "Unsung Hero," was a Next Generation Leadership Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation, and received the Do Something National BRICK Award for Community Leadership.