Susquehanna University to Host MultiFaith Discussion on Social Justice
Published on August 30, 2011
Susquehanna University will host a panel discussion to explore how social justice issues are framed within Christianity, Judaism and Islam on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center Meeting Rooms 1–5. The event is free and open to the public.
“And Abraham Ran to Welcome the Visitors: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Social Justice” will be moderated by University President L. Jay Lemons. Panel participants will include The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain and associate professor of religion; Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish Life at Susquehanna; and Sanaullah Kirmani, Islamic scholar and Muslim student adviser at Towson University. The panel discussion will be followed by a period for dialogue, questions and answers.
The title of the presentation refers to a verse in Genesis that illustrates Abraham’s hospitality to people he doesn’t know. The intent of the program, Palley said, is to show what the three religions have in common, using the framework of social justice. Having Kirmani as a guest panelist, she said, will give attendees a more complete picture, as Susquehanna doesn’t have a Muslim scholar on campus.
The event is sponsored by the offices of the President and Chaplain, as part of Susquehanna’s commitment to social justice and multifaith programming.
Karen M. Jones