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November 5, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 5

Nov. 16 Church21 Forum Looks at Student Ecumenism

Boston College undergraduates will explore both ancient and modern questions posed by their religious faiths at a special panel discussion on Nov. 16, sponsored by the University's Church in the 21st Century initiative.

The program on interfaith relations, titled "Dude Where's My Church II: Ecumenism," will feature students representing the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Welch Dining Room in Lyons Hall.

"We plan to have one student from each of those faith traditions engage the others in a moderated format," said Undergraduate Government of Boston College President Grace Simmons. "It should be a fascinating dialogue."

Simmons said the event is important for students who may not understand the similarities between the religious groups that will be represented at the event.

"It's an especially important to do this considering that so much of what's happening in the world right now, both home and abroad, is caused by those who use religious differences to divide," said Simmons.

"It's also important to understand that some of the differences between religions may not be as stark as they seem," she said.

The discussion is a sequel to a highly popular event held last spring in response to student interest in the Church in the 21st Century, a University effort that is exploring the issues underlying the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

"Boston College is interested in helping and learning from individuals of other religions," said Special Assistant to the President Robert Newton. "The focus of Church in the 21st Century is the Catholic Church, but all faiths are challenged by the culture and it's important to understand and learn from each other."

Further information on the event will be posted at www.ugbc.org.

-Stephen Gawlik

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