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Lewis University Peace Teach-In set for Oct. 18

A day packed with dialogue, understanding and imagining peace will be held Oct. 18 at Lewis University in Romeoville. “Called to Kinship: Deep Listening, Dialogue, and the Dignity of Difference” is the focus of this year’s Peace Teach-In.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

The 2018 Peace Teach-In seeks to develop relationships among interfaith, ecumenical and intercultural partners to act for just peace. It will respond to the tendency of persons to fail to deeply listen to one another and the widening of fear-based divisions between people and communities. Sessions of the Teach-In strive to foster the celebration of difference through story, ritual, encounter and proposals for action.

“Deeply Listening with Our Muslim Neighbors” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. in Room AS-158-A by Alia Bilal, director of community relations at Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago.

“Reflective Empathy: How to Hear and Respect Others Without ‘Othering’ Them” will be discussed at 11 a.m. in Room AS-158-A led by Carlene Sipma-Dysico, assistant professor of sociology at Lewis University.

“Human Rights Education, and the Dignity of Language Differences” will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Room AS-158-A led by Dr. Laura Quaynor, assistant professor of literacy at Lewis University.

The day will culminate with the Inaugural Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC Memorial Lecture and the launch of the Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC Institute for Dialogue, Justice and Social Action at 7 p.m. in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall at 101 Airport Road in Romeoville.

“Interreligious Engagement as an Obligation of my Faith: Stories from the Field” will be presented by speaker Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace, associate professor of interfaith studies at Andover Newton Theological Seminary and co-founder of the newly created Association of Interfaith/Interreligious Studies.

Lewis University offers a peace studies minor rooted in Catholic social teaching and shaped by Lasallian global praxis.

The program critically engages students in addressing contemporary social justice issues and building just peace.

The Peace Teach-In series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

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