Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will participate in the nationally recognized Festival of Faiths of the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, November 12, by offering a lunch event on Christian Participation in a Pluralistic World with Sri Lankan theologian Dr. Damayanthi Niles.
Niles is the granddaughter of the great Sri Lankan theologian and ecumenist of the 20th Century, D. T. Niles. She will present her unique perspective on the relationship between Asian cultures and religions and Western Christianity.
A graduate of Princeton and the University of Chicago, Niles teaches systematic theology at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, where she brings to her classes a unique perspective as a "true citizen of the world." Having lived, worked and studied in several countries, she can offer international insights and interpretations on theological issues. Niles also served as the Research Associate of the Christianity in Asia project at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
The luncheon will be served at Louisville Seminary in the Fellowship Hall of Caldwell Chapel at 12 noon. Registration including lunch is $15.00, and tickets are available through the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, 502-583-3100. Call Carol Webb at 992-5429 for more information.
The Festival, which runs November 7-13 will focus on “Faith & Cooperation” and involves more than two dozen events and opportunities in a week-long effort to promote and build better inter-religious understanding. Myriad events and experts on religious and community cooperation will be hosted by faith groups throughout the city of Louisville, including the following highlights:
- Bonhoeffer, November 8, 5:30 p.m. – Speed Art Museum. Free.
A reception and premier of the award-winning documentary about a young German theologian who stood with the Jews to resist Hitler. The film resonates currently as we struggle with tyranny, justification for war, and the role of churches. A panel discussion, including filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Louisville Seminary professor Amy Plantinga Pauw, will follow.
- Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will speak on “40 Years of Interreligious Relations: A Reflection” at the Cathedral of the Assumption on November 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Free) and at 9:30 a.m. that morning he will hold a dialogue with young adults at Frazier Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University.
- Prayer Breakfast, November 11, 7:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency. $25
The featured speaker will be Diana Eck. Since 1991, Eck has head the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, which documents the growth and change of various religions within the United States. She is the author of Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras, winner of the 1995 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
For more information about the Festival of Faiths and a schedule of events, visit www.cathedral-heritage.org, or call 502.583.3100.