Tampa, FL – The Separation of Church and State has been one of America’s enduring values, ensuring a freedom of religion and from religion; yet religious groups have always been welcome to make their cases, from the ordinary to the extreme, in the public square. Can America remain and endure without a public philosophy that is grounded in the values that are based on the so-called Judeo-Christian religious and moral ethic? As interfaith dialogue has become more common in America, we explore whether the wall of separation should be raised or lowered.
- · Rabbi Amy Eilberg, moderator – First woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Directs interfaith dialogue programs at the Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning and the Saint Paul (MN) Interfaith Network; Involved in peace and reconciliation efforts in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- · Professor Scott Alexander – Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago; Director of CTU’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program ;Consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops; co-editor of the forthcoming Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations.
- · Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – Chair, Cordoba Initiaitive, a multi-national project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations. Co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement. His latest publication is Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America.
- · Rabbi Mark L. Winer, Phd, DD – President of FAITH : The Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony; Chair, International Task Force, World Union for Progressive Judaism; and Senior Scholar, West London Synagogue of British Jews. Active in the resolution of the Auschwitz Convent conflict and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Israel.
What: Interfaith Community Dialogue
When/Where: Wednesday, October 17th (note: program will be offered two different times and locations:
1:30 to 3:30 P.M.
Student Community Center/ Greenfelder Denlinger Boardroom – Saint Leo University , 33701 State Road 52 Saint Leo, FL 33574 – Book signing to follow program
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Family Center Building Saint Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618 – Reception and Book signing to follow program
Admission and parking are free for both events. For more information contact the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at (352) 588-7298
Editor’s Note: This event is open to the media for photo opportunities/ interviews with presenters are available prior to each program
About the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University:
The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University was established through a collaboration of Saint Leo University and American Jewish Committee to build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue. www.cjstudies.org