Springtime at CIE: Upcoming Events

The DePaul Center for Interreligious Engagement brings DePaul students and faculty as well as the wider community together to explore the requirements of building communities across religious boundaries. The work of the Center engages the religious dimension of pluralism, conflict and peacebuilding in multiple contexts. Please join the Center for Interreligious Engagement (CIE) this spring for several amazing events! See below for event information.


Sustainability, Interreligious Engagement & DePaul: Writing an Ecological Manifesto
Tues. May 3 , 2011
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

What does it mean when we use the word “sustainability” to talk about the ecological, social and spiritual dimensions of our life as a university community? How should sustainability be defined in the context the DePaul, and in light of how we choose to define it, what must be done?  Join the Center for Interreligious Engagement as we inaugurate a new series with the goal of producing an Ecological Manifesto for DePaul.  Leading the discussion will be three compelling thinkers – a scientist, an artist and a historian – who will invite us into a conversation across the boundaries that too often separate disciplines, identities and experiences. Co-Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Values

The Scientist: Liam Heneghan, Department of Environmental Science
The Artist: Phyllis Griffin, The Theatre School
The Historian: Karen Scott, Department of Catholic Studies + History
The Ethicist: David Wellman, Department of Religious Studies (Moderator)


Complex Identities: Latina Narratives at the Crossroads of Scholarship and Faith
Wed, May 4th, 2011
6:30-8:00 pm
The Museum Space, DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

This panel explores the diverse personal histories of three female scholars working in the field of religious studies or theology.  All three have significant family ties to Latin America, and all three come out of different faith traditions (Judaism, Protestantism, and Catholicism). What continuities — and discontinuities — do they see between their own sense of cultural identity, religious orientation, and current scholarship?  How do their different experiences speak to the complexity of “Latina” identity?  Come hear their remarkable stories to find out. Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.

Ana Bedard (Loyola University Chicago)
Nancy Bedford (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
Frida Kerner Furman  (DePaul University)
Christopher Tirres (DePaul University)


Meditation and Interreligious Engagement: Intro to Meditative Practices
Monday, May 23rd
6:30-8:00 pm
Cortelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont St.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

What are the physical requirements of cultivating a meditation practice?  How do movement and posture convey intention and set the foundation for the practice of deep meditation?  Join us for an evening engaging some of the practical requirements of meditation with a Zen Buddhist and a Hindu Priest as we explore how Zen meditation and Integral Yoga provide paths to silence, centering and health.

Meditation Leaders:
Ron Kidd: Shimer College, Lincoln Park Zen
Maureen Dolan: DePaul University