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Doors to Dialogue 2015 Spring Series

A Cooperative Formational Event for Seminary Students and Community Religious Leaders


As part of its ongoing Doors to Dialogue program, Louisville Seminary invited a series of five distinguished scholars to campus to explore the implications of engagement of our world's diverse faith traditions in our American context.

This series was made possible by generous support from the Luce Foundation and was offered in cooperation with the Kentucky Council of Churches.

Christian Ministry amidst Religious Pluralism with Diana Eck
Dianna Eck, Director of the Pluralism Project and Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard, explored Christians as neighbors and colleagues with people of other faiths, with particular focus on the resources of the Pluralism Project. What transformations of our understandings of Christian life and ministry are invited by thankful openness to the gifts of religious pluralism? Recommended reading: Eck, Diana. A New Religious America. New York:  Harper Collins, 2009. ISBN: 978-0060621599.

Christians and Jews – Deepening Unfinished Dialogues
Amy-Jill Levine
Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, asked what distinctive challenges and opportunities arise between Christians and Jews. Both historical issues and models for mutual understanding and common joint work for peace and justice were explored. Recommended reading: Levine, Amy-Jill. The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. New York: HarperOne, reprint edition, 2007. ISBN: 978-0061137785
Buddhists and Hindus in the Midst of America’s Diversity
with John Thatamanil

John Thatamanil, Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Seminary in New York, discussed models and sensitivities in Christian-Buddhist and Christian-Hindu relations and joint work for peace and justice. In this relationship, the questions of “double belonging” and multiple traditions of practice were given special attention. Recommended reading: Mann, Guringer Singh, Paul Numrich, and Raymond Williams. Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in America: A Short History. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0195333114.


Christian Diversity and Multiple Pluralism in the American Context
with Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, retired secretary of the Reformed Church in America and active ecumenist, described religious pluralism in America, including the increasing presence of the world’s Christian diversity in the American context. Recommended reading: Granberg-Michaelson, Wesley. From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013. ISBN: 978-0802869685.

Christians, Muslims and Others as Co-workers for Better Community
with Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel, Director of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, looked at positive models for joint work for peace and justice, with Christian-Muslim relations as a primary focus, and especially in relation to young adults working together for the common good. Recommended reading: Patel, Eboo. Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2012.

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