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Interfaith Trialogue Series

PTS President to Moderate Interfaith Trialogue Series

Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, President & Associate Professor of Practical Theology, recently moderated the 2014 Interfaith Trialogue Series presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice. The topic for this year's series is Religious Passion, Extremism & Perception: The Good, The Bad & The Media. The programs are free and open to the public.

Session 1 will be held on February 2, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at the Peace Academy, 4620 S. Irvington, Tulsa. Kindness. Empathy. Compassion. When religious passion is channeled by a true believer, it can be a powerful contributor to the common good. Featured speakers are:

  • The Rev. Floyd Schoenhals, retired bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, Arkansas-Oklahoma synod (and Denominational Formation Director for Lutheran Formation at Phillips Theological Seminary)
  • Rabbi Emeritus Charles Sherman, Temple Israel
  • Sister Melek Oyludag, Islamic Society of Tulsa

Session 2 will be held on February 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston, Tulsa. There’s a fine line between passion and extremism. That’s where religion becomes angry, triumphant. God loves me more than God loves you. Featured speakers include:

  • The Rev. Floyd Schoenals, retired bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, Arkansas-Oklahoma synod (and Denominational Formation Director for Lutheran Formation at Phillips Theological Seminary)
  • Rabbi Micah Citrin, Temple Israel
  • Imad Enchassi, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (and instructor in the Interreligious Understanding Program at Phillips Theological Seminary)

Session 3 will be held on February 16, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm at Congregation B'Nai Emunah, 17th & Peoria, Tulsa.The trouble is that we can’t always see these things clearly. We rely on the media, but it loves a fight. How can we tell what’s true or false? Featured speakers include:

  • Mike Jones, associate editor, Tulsa World
  • Yvonne Lewis, news anchor, Tulsa's Channel 8 (and Phillips Theological Seminary alumna)
  • Rich Fisher, general manager, KWGS Public Radio 89.5 FM

 

 

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