Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of many faiths in community

Community Calendar

These are not necessarily CIC sponsored events. For a calendar of CIC events, go here.

Screening of Walk with me @ Circle Centre Mall
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Screening of Walk with me @ Circle Centre Mall
Have you ever wanted to know more about meditation and mindfulness? Do you have an interest in Thich Nhat Hahn and the application of the Buddhist practices of meditation and mindfulness? If so, join Dr. Martin and others for an advance screening of the documentary Walk
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Places: Who, Where, and Why We Should Care? @ Indiana Interchurch Center Krannert Hall
Deriving from the Latin word sanctuarium, the term “sanctuary” was originally used in religious contexts to describe a sacred container, typically holding the holy relics of the church. Over time the word became associated with any holy space set apart for worship or safety. In
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story @ Indiana War Memorial
Although he may be best remembered today as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Reinhold Niebuhr — an outspoken American-born pastor, writer, and political activist — remains one of the most influential public theologians of our time.  Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter
Raising a Spiritually Sensitive Child @ Christian Theological Seminary, room 166
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Raising a Spiritually Sensitive Child @ Christian Theological Seminary, room 166
Plenary panel speakers are Dean Leah Gunning Francis, Rebecca Heger—Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with Cathedral Student Services, Dr. Matt Galvin—CTS Counseling Center Medical Director, and me. Dr. Braeger will moderate the panel discussion with Q&A to follow. We will then break into workshops led
Riversong Walk: Song Squad On the Spiritual Trail @ Indiana Interchurch Center parking lot
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Riversong Walk: Song Squad On the Spiritual Trail @ Indiana Interchurch Center parking lot
Join us as we walk the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail, dip our toes into the White River (optional), and make beautiful music. We’ll sing fun and easy songs (that you’ll learn in a flash!) about rivers and water — or you can just walk and listen,
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Public Discussion: Pagan Traditions of Death and Dying @ Mo'joe Coffeehouse
The White River Grove ADF invites all: Join the Druids for a brief meditation and then lively community discussion of Pagan traditions around death and dying. We’ll explore questions about the process of death, what is necessary to care for people who are dying or
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ St. Luke’s United Methodist
Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have settled the largest groups of Burmese refugees in recent years. Most Indianapolis residents are still unaware of the presence of refugees, the contributions refugees make to our community, and the immense challenges refugees experience in Indianapolis. The First Baptist Church’s
Game Changers Forum with Naomi Tutu @ Reilly Room, Atherton Union, Butler University
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Game Changers Forum with Naomi Tutu @ Reilly Room, Atherton Union, Butler University
South Africa has the highest number of sexual assaults per capita than any other country in the world, with 1 in every 3 women being a victim of a sexual assault. Similarly to South Africa, Indiana has the second highest rate of sexual violence in
American National Security and Global Leadership @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
American National Security and Global Leadership @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1
Major General (Ret.) James A. “Spider” Marks. Spider Marks is the former Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and was the senior intelligence officer for the 2003 liberation of Iraq.
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cinema Conversation: "No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone)" @ Indiana Interchurch Center
The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) and DONT SLEEP are hosting a Cinema Conversation with Angy Rivera, a Co-Director at the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC). The NYSYLC is a youth led organization fighting for immigrant justice through leadership development and community organizing.
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Get to know your Sikh neighbors @ Panera Bread
From the Current in Carmel: :
2nd Annual IUYA Scholarship Banquet @ Allison Mansion at Marian University
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2nd Annual IUYA Scholarship Banquet @ Allison Mansion at Marian University
Knowledge is Power. Resistance is Key. You are invited to the Second Annual Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) Scholarship Banquet on Friday, October 6th, 2017! This year we will host the banquet at Marian University’s Allison Mansion on 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222 from
Death Cafe @ IIC Dining Room
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Death Cafe @ IIC Dining Room
On Friday October 6th CIC is partnering with the Indiana Pagan Community Outreach & Dialogue to put on a Death Café. It’s a chance to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about death civilly … because increased awareness of death means a more fulfilling life.
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Interfaith candlelight vigil for gender-based abus and human trafficking @ Glendale Seventh Day Adventist Church
Come together as a community to pray for those who have been affected by gender-based abuse and human trafficking.
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Creation Care Conference 2017 - EarthKeeping @ North Church Indy
The Creation Care Alliance of the Indiana UMC is hosting a conference on October 7th at North UMC in Indianapolis (3808 N Meridian) beginning at 8:30 am. United Methodists and others are invited to think and pray together about our call to be good stewards
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Get to know your Muslim neighbors @ Panera Bread
From the Current in Carmel: :
Racism, Trauma and Healing @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Racism, Trauma and Healing @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
CTS will host CTS Talks: Racism, Trauma and Healing with Prof. Christina Davis and Prof. Matthias Beier. The event will take place from 10:00–11:30 AM in room B29 and refreshments will be provided. More information to come.
5th Annual Indy Festival of Faiths @ Veterans Memorial Plaza
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
5th Annual Indy Festival of Faiths @ Veterans Memorial Plaza | Indianapolis | Indiana | United States
The Center for Interfaith Cooperation presents the Indy Festival of Faiths, Indiana’s largest celebration of the state’s religious diversity. Participants can meet members of more than 100 congregations and community organizations, representing dozens of different religious traditions. It offers tasty food from around the world,
African Responses to Forced Displacement @ Schrott Center for the Arts
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
African Responses to Forced Displacement @ Schrott Center for the Arts
Neighboring countries within Africa have played the biggest role in welcoming refugees fleeing genocide and civil war. This seminar’s speakers reflect diverse perspectives on the movement of people within Africa as well as beyond.   Keynote Speaker The Rev. Dr., Jan Holton has conducted ethnographic
Protestant Reformation and law @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Protestant Reformation and law @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
CTS will host Dr. John Witte of Emory University to lecture on the Protestant Reformation and law. The event is sponsored by Liberty Fund and is also part of this year’s reflection on the continued relevance of the Protestant Reformation. The lecture is free and
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Get to know your Jewish neighbors @ Panera Bread
From the Current in Carmel: :
GuruGanesha Band LIVE in Indianapolis! @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI)
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
GuruGanesha Band LIVE in Indianapolis! @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI)
Experience GuruGanesha Band LIVE on their North American 2017 Tour! Their open hearts encourage all to sing, chant, dance and meditate along with them. Those who have experienced the GuruGanesha Band live in concert already know that the group tears down the house while lifting
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Daniel Peterson: What do I need to know about Islam? @ Indianapolis North Stake Center
Dr. Daniel Peterson is a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, where he has taught Arabic language and literature at all levels, Islamic philosophy, Islamic culture and civilization, Islamic religion, the Qur’an, the introductory and senior “capstone” courses for Middle Eastern Studies majors,
Oct 26 all-day
African American Clergy Mental Health Symposium @ CTS Common Room
FAITH & MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE Two full-day trainings. All are welcome one or both days. Thursday, October 26, 2017 African American Clergy Mental Health Symposium Keynote: Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas Morning Workshop: Rev. Dr. Christina Davis What to Look for and What to Do: Responding
Perspectives of Specific Religions @ Woody’s Library Restaurant
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perspectives of Specific Religions @ Woody’s Library Restaurant
This seminar series, Seminars in Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics, will explore the role that religions and spirituality play in patients’ and family members’ understanding and experience of health and healthcare and how religion and spirituality are addressed in the healthcare setting. It will also
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Get to know your Hindu neighbors @ Panera Bread
Learn about Hinduism with Raju Chinthala From the Current in Carmel: :
Oct 27 all-day
Addiction, Spirituality and Recovery @ CTS Common Room
FAITH & MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE Two full-day trainings. All are welcome one or both days. Friday, October 27, 2017 Addiction, Spirituality and Recovery   Keynote: Dean Babcock, LCSW, LCAC Ass. V.P. Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health Creating Informed, Supportive Congregations  NAMI In Our Own
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Get to know your Mormon neighbors @ Panera Bread
Learn about Mormonism with Jeff Jensen From the Current in Carmel: :
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ Butler University | Eidson-Duckwall | Hall
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ Butler University | Eidson-Duckwall | Hall
Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have settled the largest groups of Burmese refugees in recent years. Most Indianapolis residents are still unaware of the presence of refugees, the contributions refugees make to our community, and the immense challenges refugees experience in Indianapolis. The First Baptist Church’s
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Culturing for Nonviolence: Religious Families, Community, & Power of Diversity @ Indiana Interchurch Center
Presented by The Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Indiana Interchurch Center, and Marian University. Through video and interactive simulations, families will learn how various religious traditions instill the values of nonviolence and respecting difference. Current conventional wisdom
Sep
27
Wed
Screening of Walk with me @ Circle Centre Mall
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Screening of Walk with me @ Circle Centre Mall
Have you ever wanted to know more about meditation and mindfulness? Do you have an interest in Thich Nhat Hahn and the application of the Buddhist practices of meditation and mindfulness? If so, join Dr. Martin and others for an advance screening of the documentary Walk with me.

With unprecedented access, WALK WITH ME goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose – to transform their suffering, and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in the USA, this visceral film is a meditation on a community grappling with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life.

As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sep
28
Thu
Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Places: Who, Where, and Why We Should Care? @ Indiana Interchurch Center Krannert Hall
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Places: Who, Where, and Why We Should Care? @ Indiana Interchurch Center Krannert Hall

Deriving from the Latin word sanctuarium, the term “sanctuary” was originally used in religious contexts to describe a sacred container, typically holding the holy relics of the church. Over time the word became associated with any holy space set apart for worship or safety. In modern times, sanctuary is used to describe the sacred space in a house of worship, but in medieval times, the term was also used to designate churches as a temporary place of refuge.

The term “sanctuary city” has been popping up in the news a lot lately. While not an official title, it is used to describe cities who welcome refugees and immigrants and refuse to completely comply with federal immigration laws. Many places of worship are considering declaring themselves “sanctuary congregations.” What does this mean? What are the risks? Is it a clash between churches and other religious groups (who are commanded to welcome the stranger) conflicting with the state (which wants to crack down on undocumented immigrants)?

This class is a partnership between CIC and OASIS.

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story @ Indiana War Memorial
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Although he may be best remembered today as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Reinhold Niebuhr — an outspoken American-born pastor, writer, and political activist — remains one of the most influential public theologians of our time.  Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking. So too does John McCain, countless historians, theologians, political thinkers, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who cited Niebuhr in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. Some consider Niebuhr to be the leading theologian of American civil religion.

Niebuhr’s works are especially remembered for their prophetic voice, warning religious and political leaders about the dangers of unchecked power and reminding them about our human tendencies toward self-deception.  His theological and ethical writings deeply influenced American foreign policy during the Cold War, and they continue to shape the thinking of leaders today. (Former FBI Director James Comey chose the twitter handle “Reinhold Niebuhr.”)

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is directed, written and narrated by Martin Doblmeier, the creator of dozens of provocative, award-winning films on faith including Chaplains and Bonhoeffer. Rich in archival material, the documentary features interviews with former President Jimmy Carter,  Cornel West, Andrew Young, David Brooks, Susannah Heschel and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians.

After the film, a discussion will be moderated by IUPUI History Professor and director of American Studies Ray Haberski, author of God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945. Before the movie, you are invited to tour the Indiana War Memorial, the city’s grandest “temple” of American civil religion.

This event is a partnership between the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and Spirit and Place.

Lilly Endowment provided support for this documentary, and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations created a discussion guide for the film that can be used to shape a conversation.

Sep
30
Sat
Raising a Spiritually Sensitive Child @ Christian Theological Seminary, room 166
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Raising a Spiritually Sensitive Child @ Christian Theological Seminary, room 166

Plenary panel speakers are Dean Leah Gunning Francis, Rebecca Heger—Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with Cathedral Student Services, Dr. Matt Galvin—CTS Counseling Center Medical Director, and me. Dr. Braeger will moderate the panel discussion with Q&A to follow. We will then break into workshops led by students from my “Children and Adolescents in Families” course. Registration and a light breakfast begin at 8:30 and the event ends at 11:30 AM.

Riversong Walk: Song Squad On the Spiritual Trail @ Indiana Interchurch Center parking lot
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us as we walk the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail, dip our toes into the White River (optional), and make beautiful music. We’ll sing fun and easy songs (that you’ll learn in a flash!) about rivers and water — or you can just walk and listen, too. Please wear suitable shoes for hiking (waterproof if you want to “wade in the water”). We’ll pause to sing under some trees also, so bring something to sit on if you don’t want to stand. Questions? Email director@songsquadindy.com or call 317-213-7522.

Oct
1
Sun
Public Discussion: Pagan Traditions of Death and Dying @ Mo'joe Coffeehouse
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Public Discussion: Pagan Traditions of Death and Dying @ Mo'joe Coffeehouse

The White River Grove ADF invites all:

Join the Druids for a brief meditation and then lively community discussion of Pagan traditions around death and dying.

We’ll explore questions about the process of death, what is necessary to care for people who are dying or have died, incorporating recently-deceased ancestors into our practice, and more.

Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ St. Luke’s United Methodist
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ St. Luke’s United Methodist

Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have settled the largest groups of Burmese refugees in recent years. Most Indianapolis residents are still unaware of the presence of refugees, the contributions refugees make to our community, and the immense challenges refugees experience in Indianapolis. The First Baptist Church’s experiences and learnings as they approach ten years of sharing life with Burmese refugees is the focus of this documentary. As a product of the Desmond Tutu Fellowship, this documentary was created by Tutu Fellows Dr. Susan Adams and Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco as a provocation to foster greater awareness and to encourage public discourse around peace, reconciliation, and justice through civil, respectful, and enlightening cross-cultural interactions.

Join us for a powerful film, a panel conversation with individuals featured in the documentary, and refreshments.

Oct
3
Tue
Game Changers Forum with Naomi Tutu @ Reilly Room, Atherton Union, Butler University
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Game Changers Forum with Naomi Tutu @ Reilly Room, Atherton Union, Butler University

South Africa has the highest number of sexual assaults per capita than any other country in the world, with 1 in every 3 women being a victim of a sexual assault. Similarly to South Africa, Indiana has the second highest rate of sexual violence in the country, with 1 in every 5 women becoming a victim of rape. Despite these staggering figures, only 15% of all sexual assault cases are reported to authorities. Join us as we tackle this complex but ever so relevant issue with Naomi Tutu, Gail Masando and Christina Hale.

The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Naomi Tutu to her present work as an activist for human rights. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to coordinating programs on Race and Gender and Gender-Based Violence at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In her speeches, Tutu blends the passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories. She is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu.

Oct
4
Wed
American National Security and Global Leadership @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
American National Security and Global Leadership @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1

Major General (Ret.) James A. “Spider” Marks. Spider Marks is the former Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and was the senior intelligence officer for the 2003 liberation of Iraq.

Oct
5
Thu
Cinema Conversation: “No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone)” @ Indiana Interchurch Center
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cinema Conversation: "No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone)" @ Indiana Interchurch Center

The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) and DONT SLEEP are hosting a Cinema Conversation with Angy Rivera, a Co-Director at the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC). The NYSYLC is a youth led organization fighting for immigrant justice through leadership development and community organizing. In 2012, Rivera met documentary maker Mikaela Shwer who filmed her and her family for the film entitles No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone). The documentary, which aired on PBS, navigates the difficult reality and double silence Rivera experiences as an undocumented immigrant and survivor of sexual assault. Follow her journey on Twitter at @AskAngy

More About the Film: Fleeing the growing violence and unrest of Columbia, Angy’s mother brought her to the US when she was just 4. She is promised the American dream if she keeps her undocumented status a secret. That all ends when she graduates from high school and realizes there is no opportunity for her. Despite her fear of deportation, Angy “comes out” as undocumented.

Get to know your Sikh neighbors @ Panera Bread
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

From the Current in Carmel:

Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr has found a new way to introduce the public to different faiths.

The group will present “Meet Your Neighbor” each Tuesday in October with a different religion being featured each week. Zehr will facilitate at each of the five sessions.

Zehr

“It’s a time to learn some things about the different faith traditions,” said Zehr, Carmel Christian Church pastor. “Then we’ll give an opportunity for questions and answers. The speaker will give some background about some of the basic tenets of the faith.”

The “Meet Your Neighbor” sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. Zehr said guests can get coffee or dessert while they gather at tables.  All the speakers are part of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. The free series leads off Oct. 3 with K.P. Singh speaking about the Sikh religion. Singh owns K.P. Singh Designs, which features drawings of architectural landmarks from Indiana and around the world.

“We do have Sikhs living here in Carmel,” Zehr said.

The second speaker will be Muzaffar Ahmad discussing Islam.

“I love to ask Muzaffar Ahmad some misconceptions about Islam,” Zehr said. “It’s amazing that some people think Muslims are all terrorists and are all part of ISIS. Crazy stuff.”

Zehr said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was instrumental in helping get the group started two years ago.

“The last event we did was the evolving role of women in our faith traditions,” Zehr said. “We had different women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we had 80 people come for that event.”

Meet Your Neighbor speakers

  • Oct. 3: Sikh religion with K.P. Singh
  • Oct. 10 : Islam with Muzaffar Ahmad
  • Oct. 17: Judaism with Rabbi Dennis Sasso
  • Oct. 24: Hinduism with Raju Chinthala
  • Oct. 31: Church of the Latter-Day Saints, Mormon with Jeff Jensen

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Oct
6
Fri
2nd Annual IUYA Scholarship Banquet @ Allison Mansion at Marian University
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Knowledge is Power. Resistance is Key.

You are invited to the Second Annual Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) Scholarship Banquet on Friday, October 6th, 2017! This year we will host the banquet at Marian University’s Allison Mansion on 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EST). Registration and our first Banquet Art Show will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m.

In honor of those that paved the way for future generations of immigrants, IUYA presents this year’s banquet dinner theme: Knowledge is Power. Resistance is Key. To learn more about the banquet theme please visit our website at iuya.org/2017banquet

What we will celebrate:

  • Celebrate our six 2017-2018 scholarship recipients. We have raised over $14,000 for scholarships since 2012. Learn more about the IUYA Scholarship HERE!
  • Celebrate the 2017 Chickadee Bird Award winners. Learn about the 2016 award recipients HERE!
  • Hear from our keynote speaker, Angy Rivera, a co-director at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an undocumented youth led organization fighting for immigrant justice through leadership development and community organizing. She will also be with us Thursday, October 5th for a Cinema Conversation regarding her documentary No Le Digas A Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone). Learn more about the film and event HERE!

Sponsor Information

Consider supporting IUYA’s scholarship recipients by becoming a sponsor of the Scholarship Banquet. Please contact Dara Marquez at banquet@iuya.org for sponsorship opportunities.

Death Cafe @ IIC Dining Room
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Death Cafe @ IIC Dining Room

On Friday October 6th CIC is partnering with the Indiana Pagan Community Outreach & Dialogue to put on a Death Café. It’s a chance to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about death civilly … because increased awareness of death means a more fulfilling life. After all, our society doesn’t make it easy for people to talk about death … that is what a Death Café does.  The café allows time for us to talk and think about death in a safe, comfortable setting.   The goal is to inspire thought and action and help make death a more common and ordinary topic of conversation.

Interfaith candlelight vigil for gender-based abus and human trafficking @ Glendale Seventh Day Adventist Church
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Interfaith candlelight vigil for gender-based abus and human trafficking @ Glendale Seventh Day Adventist Church

Come together as a community to pray for those who have been affected by gender-based abuse and human trafficking.

Oct
7
Sat
Creation Care Conference 2017 – EarthKeeping @ North Church Indy
Oct 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Creation Care Alliance of the Indiana UMC is hosting a conference on October 7th at North UMC in Indianapolis (3808 N Meridian) beginning at 8:30 am. United Methodists and others are invited to think and pray together about our call to be good stewards of God’s creation. Guest speakers are Rev. Katie Dawson (Lead Pastor, Immanuel UMC of Iowa Conference) Professor Tim Eberhart (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) and Professor Tim Van Meter (Methodist Theological School in Ohio). Come and learn from compelling stories about what our denomination and other congregations are doing.
Registration deadline: October 5.  There is no cost to attend the event,  A free will offering will be collected  for lunch.
Oct
12
Thu
Get to know your Muslim neighbors @ Panera Bread
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

From the Current in Carmel:

Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr has found a new way to introduce the public to different faiths.

The group will present “Meet Your Neighbor” each Tuesday in October with a different religion being featured each week. Zehr will facilitate at each of the five sessions.

Zehr

“It’s a time to learn some things about the different faith traditions,” said Zehr, Carmel Christian Church pastor. “Then we’ll give an opportunity for questions and answers. The speaker will give some background about some of the basic tenets of the faith.”

The “Meet Your Neighbor” sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. Zehr said guests can get coffee or dessert while they gather at tables.  All the speakers are part of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. The free series leads off Oct. 3 with K.P. Singh speaking about the Sikh religion. Singh owns K.P. Singh Designs, which features drawings of architectural landmarks from Indiana and around the world.

“We do have Sikhs living here in Carmel,” Zehr said.

The second speaker will be Muzaffar Ahmad discussing Islam.

“I love to ask Muzaffar Ahmad some misconceptions about Islam,” Zehr said. “It’s amazing that some people think Muslims are all terrorists and are all part of ISIS. Crazy stuff.”

Zehr said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was instrumental in helping get the group started two years ago.

“The last event we did was the evolving role of women in our faith traditions,” Zehr said. “We had different women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we had 80 people come for that event.”

Meet Your Neighbor speakers

  • Oct. 3: Sikh religion with K.P. Singh
  • Oct. 10 : Islam with Muzaffar Ahmad
  • Oct. 17: Judaism with Rabbi Dennis Sasso
  • Oct. 24: Hinduism with Raju Chinthala
  • Oct. 31: Church of the Latter-Day Saints, Mormon with Jeff Jensen

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Oct
14
Sat
Racism, Trauma and Healing @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

CTS will host CTS Talks: Racism, Trauma and Healing with Prof. Christina Davis and Prof. Matthias Beier. The event will take place from 10:00–11:30 AM in room B29 and refreshments will be provided. More information to come.

Oct
15
Sun
5th Annual Indy Festival of Faiths @ Veterans Memorial Plaza
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation presents the Indy Festival of Faiths, Indiana’s largest celebration of the state’s religious diversity. Participants can meet members of more than 100 congregations and community organizations, representing dozens of different religious traditions. It offers tasty food from around the world, cross-cultural music performances, and games for kids and adults. In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, the theme of this year’s Festival will be “sacred migrations” The Festival also features Table Conversations, unique opportunities for civil and open discussions of issues such as Muslims in Indiana, religion and conflict in the Middle East, race relations in Indianapolis, and more.

Oct
17
Tue
African Responses to Forced Displacement @ Schrott Center for the Arts
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Neighboring countries within Africa have played the biggest role in welcoming refugees fleeing genocide and civil war. This seminar’s speakers reflect diverse perspectives on the movement of people within Africa as well as beyond.

 

Keynote Speaker
The Rev. Dr., Jan Holton has conducted ethnographic research in various parts of Africa and has authored two books, Longing for Home: Forced Displacement and Postures of Hospitality (2016) and Building the Resilient Community: Lessons from the Lost Boys of Sudan (2008). Holton served on the faculty at Yale University Divinity School and currently works with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, CT.

Respondents
Kizito Kalima is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and founder of the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Kalima has spoken to a variety of audiences nationally and internationally, including the United Nations and the Rwandan National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.

Dr. Robin Turner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Butler University, research associate of the Society, Work, and Development Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and coordinator of the African Studies minor at Butler University.

Oct
18
Wed
Protestant Reformation and law @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Protestant Reformation and law @ Christian Theological Seminary, room B29

CTS will host Dr. John Witte of Emory University to lecture on the Protestant Reformation and law. The event is sponsored by Liberty Fund and is also part of this year’s reflection on the continued relevance of the Protestant Reformation. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 PM in room B29.

Oct
19
Thu
Get to know your Jewish neighbors @ Panera Bread
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

From the Current in Carmel:

Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr has found a new way to introduce the public to different faiths.

The group will present “Meet Your Neighbor” each Tuesday in October with a different religion being featured each week. Zehr will facilitate at each of the five sessions.

Zehr

“It’s a time to learn some things about the different faith traditions,” said Zehr, Carmel Christian Church pastor. “Then we’ll give an opportunity for questions and answers. The speaker will give some background about some of the basic tenets of the faith.”

The “Meet Your Neighbor” sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. Zehr said guests can get coffee or dessert while they gather at tables.  All the speakers are part of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. The free series leads off Oct. 3 with K.P. Singh speaking about the Sikh religion. Singh owns K.P. Singh Designs, which features drawings of architectural landmarks from Indiana and around the world.

“We do have Sikhs living here in Carmel,” Zehr said.

The second speaker will be Muzaffar Ahmad discussing Islam.

“I love to ask Muzaffar Ahmad some misconceptions about Islam,” Zehr said. “It’s amazing that some people think Muslims are all terrorists and are all part of ISIS. Crazy stuff.”

Zehr said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was instrumental in helping get the group started two years ago.

“The last event we did was the evolving role of women in our faith traditions,” Zehr said. “We had different women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we had 80 people come for that event.”

Meet Your Neighbor speakers

  • Oct. 3: Sikh religion with K.P. Singh
  • Oct. 10 : Islam with Muzaffar Ahmad
  • Oct. 17: Judaism with Rabbi Dennis Sasso
  • Oct. 24: Hinduism with Raju Chinthala
  • Oct. 31: Church of the Latter-Day Saints, Mormon with Jeff Jensen

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Oct
21
Sat
GuruGanesha Band LIVE in Indianapolis! @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI)
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
GuruGanesha Band LIVE in Indianapolis! @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (UUI)

Experience GuruGanesha Band LIVE on their North American 2017 Tour! Their open hearts encourage all to sing, chant, dance and meditate along with them. Those who have experienced the GuruGanesha Band live in concert already know that the group tears down the house while lifting the audience’s collective spirit to a higher plane. They are guiding the way towards a bold and blissful new direction for live mantra music that is perhaps even more necessary for the planet now than ever before.

The new album, “People of Love” explores some of the complex themes and textures of today’s challenging world we live in combined with uplifting mantras that are sure to inspire and renew anyone who listens. GuruGanesha Band is thrilled to bring their new music and classic favorites out on the road this fall.

Oct
22
Sun
Daniel Peterson: What do I need to know about Islam? @ Indianapolis North Stake Center
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Daniel Peterson: What do I need to know about Islam? @ Indianapolis North Stake Center

Dr. Daniel Peterson is a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, where he has taught Arabic language and literature at all levels, Islamic philosophy, Islamic culture and civilization, Islamic religion, the Qur’an, the introductory and senior “capstone” courses for Middle Eastern Studies majors, and various other occasional specialized classes. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on Islamic and Latter-day Saint topics–including a biography entitled Muhammad: Prophet of God (Eerdmans, 2007)—and has lectured across the United States, in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and at various Islamic universities in the Near East and Asia.

A native of southern California, Daniel C. Peterson received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and philosophy from Brigham Young University (BYU) and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He served in the Switzerland Zürich Mission (1972-1974), and, for approximately eight years, on the Gospel Doctrine writing committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also presided for a time as the bishop of a singles ward adjacent to Utah Valley University. Dr. Peterson is married to the former Deborah Stephens, of Lakewood, Colorado, and they are the parents of three sons.

Oct
26
Thu
African American Clergy Mental Health Symposium @ CTS Common Room
Oct 26 all-day
African American Clergy Mental Health Symposium @ CTS Common Room

FAITH & MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE
Two full-day trainings. All are welcome one or both days.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
African American Clergy Mental Health Symposium

Keynote: Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas
Morning Workshop: Rev. Dr. Christina Davis
What to Look for and What to Do: Responding to Mental Illness
Afternoon: Rev. Dr. Cherry Smith

 

Perspectives of Specific Religions @ Woody’s Library Restaurant
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perspectives of Specific Religions @ Woody’s Library Restaurant

This seminar series, Seminars in Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics, will explore the role that religions and spirituality play in patients’ and family members’ understanding and experience of health and healthcare and how religion and spirituality are addressed in the healthcare setting. It will also explore how spiritual and religious beliefs contribute to patients’ understanding of health, illness, and healing, affect decision-making about health, and contribute to coping, distress, and healing. Additionally, because many patients require family members to make decisions, the seminars will explore how frameworks of health and illness affect the family. A medical ethics framework will be used to explore how clinicians incorporate their own beliefs as well as patient/family beliefs into clinical care.

This fifth session, Perspectives of Specific Religion, will explore Orthodox Judaism and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, Jehovah’s witnesses and blood transfusions, and Catholics in birth control in the context of faiths that require or forbid specific interventions that are quite common in the United States.

The seminar’s co-facilitators are Amber Comer, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Alexia Torke, MD, MS, Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The last seminar in this series will be held on November 16th from 6-8pm. Dinner will be served, and books will be provided. The seminar is seeking an interdisciplinary group of chaplains, clinicians (physicians, nurses, others), religious scholars, and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of religion/spirituality in healthcare. Interested graduate students and advanced medical trainees may also participate with permission of the co-leaders. Participants should RSVP to Sarah Rush at srush7@iuhealth.org. Sarah can also be contacted with any questions.

Get to know your Hindu neighbors @ Panera Bread
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about Hinduism with Raju Chinthala

From the Current in Carmel:

Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr has found a new way to introduce the public to different faiths.

The group will present “Meet Your Neighbor” each Tuesday in October with a different religion being featured each week. Zehr will facilitate at each of the five sessions.

Zehr

“It’s a time to learn some things about the different faith traditions,” said Zehr, Carmel Christian Church pastor. “Then we’ll give an opportunity for questions and answers. The speaker will give some background about some of the basic tenets of the faith.”

The “Meet Your Neighbor” sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. Zehr said guests can get coffee or dessert while they gather at tables.  All the speakers are part of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. The free series leads off Oct. 3 with K.P. Singh speaking about the Sikh religion. Singh owns K.P. Singh Designs, which features drawings of architectural landmarks from Indiana and around the world.

“We do have Sikhs living here in Carmel,” Zehr said.

The second speaker will be Muzaffar Ahmad discussing Islam.

“I love to ask Muzaffar Ahmad some misconceptions about Islam,” Zehr said. “It’s amazing that some people think Muslims are all terrorists and are all part of ISIS. Crazy stuff.”

Zehr said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was instrumental in helping get the group started two years ago.

“The last event we did was the evolving role of women in our faith traditions,” Zehr said. “We had different women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we had 80 people come for that event.”

Meet Your Neighbor speakers

  • Oct. 3: Sikh religion with K.P. Singh
  • Oct. 10 : Islam with Muzaffar Ahmad
  • Oct. 17: Judaism with Rabbi Dennis Sasso
  • Oct. 24: Hinduism with Raju Chinthala
  • Oct. 31: Church of the Latter-Day Saints, Mormon with Jeff Jensen

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Oct
27
Fri
Addiction, Spirituality and Recovery @ CTS Common Room
Oct 27 all-day
Addiction, Spirituality and Recovery @ CTS Common Room

FAITH & MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE
Two full-day trainings. All are welcome one or both days.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Addiction, Spirituality and Recovery

 

Keynote: Dean Babcock, LCSW, LCAC

Ass. V.P. Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health

Creating Informed, Supportive Congregations

 NAMI In Our Own Voice: Recovery Stories

Afternoon: Ben Evans – Dir. of External Agency Affairs,

Dept. of Family & Social Services Administration, State of Indiana

Best-Practice Support Models;

 Provider Exhibits & Treatment Resources

Oct
31
Tue
Get to know your Mormon neighbors @ Panera Bread
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn about Mormonism with Jeff Jensen

From the Current in Carmel:

Carmel Interfaith Alliance President Jerry Zehr has found a new way to introduce the public to different faiths.

The group will present “Meet Your Neighbor” each Tuesday in October with a different religion being featured each week. Zehr will facilitate at each of the five sessions.

Zehr

“It’s a time to learn some things about the different faith traditions,” said Zehr, Carmel Christian Church pastor. “Then we’ll give an opportunity for questions and answers. The speaker will give some background about some of the basic tenets of the faith.”

The “Meet Your Neighbor” sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. Zehr said guests can get coffee or dessert while they gather at tables.  All the speakers are part of the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. The free series leads off Oct. 3 with K.P. Singh speaking about the Sikh religion. Singh owns K.P. Singh Designs, which features drawings of architectural landmarks from Indiana and around the world.

“We do have Sikhs living here in Carmel,” Zehr said.

The second speaker will be Muzaffar Ahmad discussing Islam.

“I love to ask Muzaffar Ahmad some misconceptions about Islam,” Zehr said. “It’s amazing that some people think Muslims are all terrorists and are all part of ISIS. Crazy stuff.”

Zehr said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard was instrumental in helping get the group started two years ago.

“The last event we did was the evolving role of women in our faith traditions,” Zehr said. “We had different women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and we had 80 people come for that event.”

Meet Your Neighbor speakers

  • Oct. 3: Sikh religion with K.P. Singh
  • Oct. 10 : Islam with Muzaffar Ahmad
  • Oct. 17: Judaism with Rabbi Dennis Sasso
  • Oct. 24: Hinduism with Raju Chinthala
  • Oct. 31: Church of the Latter-Day Saints, Mormon with Jeff Jensen

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Nov
10
Fri
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ Butler University | Eidson-Duckwall | Hall
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Documentary Screening and Conversation: Welcoming Strangers @ Butler University | Eidson-Duckwall | Hall

Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have settled the largest groups of Burmese refugees in recent years. Most Indianapolis residents are still unaware of the presence of refugees, the contributions refugees make to our community, and the immense challenges refugees experience in Indianapolis. The First Baptist Church’s experiences and learnings as they approach ten years of sharing life with Burmese refugees is the focus of this documentary. As a product of the Desmond Tutu Fellowship, this documentary was created by Tutu Fellows Dr. Susan Adams and Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco as a provocation to foster greater awareness and to encourage public discourse around peace, reconciliation, and justice through civil, respectful, and enlightening cross-cultural interactions.

Join us for a powerful film, a panel conversation with individuals featured in the documentary, and refreshments.

Nov
11
Sat
Culturing for Nonviolence: Religious Families, Community, & Power of Diversity @ Indiana Interchurch Center
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Culturing for Nonviolence: Religious Families, Community, & Power of Diversity @ Indiana Interchurch Center

Presented by The Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Indiana Interchurch Center, and Marian University.

Through video and interactive simulations, families will learn how various religious traditions instill the values of nonviolence and respecting difference.

Current conventional wisdom often stresses that diversity of religious and cultural traditions is weakening society. This workshop will demonstrate the opposite: Differences are a source of community power! Using filmed interviews, personal and faith-based stories, small group conversation, and role-playing activities, different religious perspectives—from Christianity to Hinduism—on humanity’s shared values of nonviolence and respect will be explored.

Free parking in the Interchurch Center’s lot.

Walk-ins welcome, but RSVP’s encouraged by Nov. 10 at spiritandplace.org.

Nov
15
Wed
Celebration & Recognition Luncheon @ Indiana Interchurch Center
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Celebration & Recognition Luncheon @ Indiana Interchurch Center

A time to recognize our partners, get to know each other, and announce what is ahead for the Mental Health Coalition.

Interfaith Mental Health Coalition lunches meet third Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:30 (Lunch available at 11:50), at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W 42nd St. Please RSVP one week prior via www.centerforinterfaithcooperation.org/IMHC

Suggested contribution: $10

Global Migration and a Just Response @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Global Migration and a Just Response @ Marian University, Evans Center, Lecture Hall 1

Dr. Charles Strain, Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University. “Global Migration and a Just Response,” (Cosponsored by Catholic Relief Services.) Dr. Strain’s interests:
– Buddhism and Climate Change
– Socially Engaged Buddhism
– Comparative Social Ethics
– Ethics and Global Migration
– Climate Change and Social Justice

Charles R. Strain is Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  Strain is the co-author of Global Migration: What is Happening Why and a Just Response (Anselm Academic, 2017)  and co-editor of Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration (Lexington, 2014) His book, The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Ethics of Peace and Justice (Wipf and Stock, 2014) was the 2016 winner of the Frederick Streng award for an outstanding work in Buddhist Christian Studies. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  Educated at Duquesne University.  Ph.D. in  Religion from the University of Chicago.  Former Associate Vice-president for Academic Affairs at DePaul University. (1999-2009). Married to Dianne Hanau-Strain, 2 married sons, and 2 grandchildren.

Nov
16
Thu
Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics: Summary and Syntheses @ Woody’s Library Restaurant
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics: Summary and Syntheses @ Woody’s Library Restaurant

This seminar series, Seminars in Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics, will explore the role that religions and spirituality play in patients’ and family members’ understanding and experience of health and healthcare and how religion and spirituality are addressed in the healthcare setting. It will also explore how spiritual and religious beliefs contribute to patients’ understanding of health, illness, and healing, affect decision-making about health, and contribute to coping, distress, and healing. Additionally, because many patients require family members to make decisions, the seminars will explore how frameworks of health and illness affect the family. A medical ethics framework will be used to explore how clinicians incorporate their own beliefs as well as patient/family beliefs into clinical care.

This sixth and final session, Summary and Syntheses, will seek to address the overarching questions of the seminar series: 1) what current challenges and tensions exist between religion, spirituality, and healthcare? and 2) what are future directions for practice, scholarship, and research in this field?

The seminar’s co-facilitators are Amber Comer, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Alexia Torke, MD, MS, Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

As with all of the seminars, dinner will be served, and books will be provided. The seminar is seeking an interdisciplinary group of chaplains, clinicians (physicians, nurses, others), religious scholars, and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of religion/spirituality in healthcare. Interested graduate students and advanced medical trainees may also participate with permission of the co-leaders. Participants should RSVP to Sarah Rush at srush7@iuhealth.org. Sarah can also be contacted with any questions.

Nov
30
Thu
Dough @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall in Butler University’s Robertson Hall
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dough @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall in Butler University’s Robertson Hall

An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until he decides to take a young man – an immigrant’s son, in as an apprentice. The apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.

About A New View Film Series:

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of five films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Charlie Wiles, Executive Director at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. The series is free and open to the public.

Presented and Facilitated by the Desmond Tutu Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the Center for Faith and Vocation.

Jan
9
Tue
The Rise of Poverty-Related Neglected Diseases—The NTDs @ Marian University, Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Rise of Poverty-Related Neglected Diseases—The NTDs @ Marian University, Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics He is also University Professor at Baylor University and Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

Dr. Hotez is an internationally-recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development.  He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, and SARS/MERS, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide.  In 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative he co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for hundreds of millions of people

He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (phi beta kappa), followed by a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Rockefeller University in 1986, and an M.D. from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987.  Dr. Hotez has authored more than 400 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press) and the recently released Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor amid Wealth (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Dr. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and he is founding Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine – IOM), and in 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the WHO.  In 2014 the Obama White House and U.S. State Department selected Dr. Hotez as its United States Science Envoy.  In this role, he focuses on building science diplomacy initiatives between the US Government and countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  He completed his term at the end of 2016.

In 2015, Prof. Hotez emerged as a major national thought leader on the Zika epidemic in the Western Hemisphere and globally.  He was among the first to predict Zika’s emergence in the US and is called upon frequently to testify before US Congress, and served on infectious disease task forces for two consecutive Texas Governors.  In addition, as both a vaccine scientist and autism Dad he has led national efforts to defend vaccines and to serve as an ardent champion of vaccines going up against a growing national “antivaxx” threat.   He appears frequently on television (including BBC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC), radio, and in newspaper interviews (including the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal).  He is also a recognized authority on vaccines.

Jan
23
Tue
The Ethics of Migration and Welcome in the Americas @ Schrott Center for the Arts
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Controversy over immigration into the United States from elsewhere in the Americas has led to a proposal to construct a wall along the southern U.S. border, as well as faith organizations, schools, and municipalities declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

 

Keynote Speakers
Rev. Dr. Miguel A. de la Torre is the Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and the Executive Officer for the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. De La Torre is a Fulbright scholar and author of The U.S. Immigration Crisis: Toward an Ethics of Place (2016).

The Rev. John L. McCullough is President and CEO of Church World Service, a global humanitarian agency with programs in development, advocacy for social justice, and refugee assistance. He has overseen the agency’s concentration on sustainable access to food and water and served as a member of the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.

Jan
25
Thu
Welcome to Shelbyville @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall in Butler University’s Robertson Hall
Jan 25 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

A small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

About A New View Film Series:

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of five films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Charlie Wiles, Executive Director at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. The series is free and open to the public.

Presented and Facilitated by the Desmond Tutu Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the Center for Faith and Vocation.

Feb
27
Tue
Hoosier Hospitality, Refugees, and Immigration @ Schrott Center for the Arts
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The stories of refugees and migration are the stories of people who live in Indianapolis and its vicinity—stories of those who have come here from elsewhere, and stories of those who welcomed them to their new home.

Panelists
Naw Phaw is from Burma and the Director of Language Services at LUNA Language Services. She is on the Board of Directors at Exodus Refugee Immigration, and also works as a volunteer with the Immigrant Welcome Center.

Rev. Emmanuel Musinga is the pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church in Indianapolis, a congregation serving refugees from Congo like himself.

Mastora Bakhiet is the founder of the Darfur Women’s Network and Director of the Women Development Section in the Community Development Administration for the Jebel Marra Rural Development Project in Darfur.

The Syrian Refugee Support Group of Indianapolis is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing much-needed assistance to Syrian refugees in Indianapolis. The panel will feature a representative from this grass roots local Syrian support network.

Maria Pimentel-Gannon serves on the board of directors of the Immigrant Welcome Center and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

Mar
29
Thu
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall in Butler University’s Robertson Hall
Mar 29 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

An adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.

About A New View Film Series:

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of five films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Charlie Wiles, Executive Director at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. The series is free and open to the public.

Presented and Facilitated by the Desmond Tutu Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the Center for Faith and Vocation.

May
17
Thu
Rising From Ashes @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall in Butler University’s Robertson Hall
May 17 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

The impossible triumph of Team Rwanda. A rag tag group of cyclists coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country recovering from one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

About A New View Film Series:

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of five films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Charlie Wiles, Executive Director at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. The series is free and open to the public.

Presented and Facilitated by the Desmond Tutu Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and the Center for Faith and Vocation.