Florida Atlantic University presents the tenth annual Global Shemin Trialogue Seminar titled “Beating Plowshares into Swords: Religion and Violence.” The event will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. It is free and open to the public.
Founded to encourage communication and understanding between the three Abrahamic faiths, this year’s Trialogue features Rabbi A. James Rudin, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo Universit; Peter A. Pettit, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.; Imam Antepli of Duke University’s Divinity School; Rabbi David Steinhardt, Senior Rabbi at B’nai Torah Congregation; the Rev. Andrew James Sherman of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton; and Imam Radwan Baytiyeh, who has been involved in founding Islamic schools in the United States. The seminar will be moderated by Alan Berger, the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
“The Shemin Trialogue is an invaluable asset for those wishing to participate meaningfully in conversation about interfaith relations,” said Berger. “These conversations are increasingly important in our time. Carried out by informed people of good will, such discussion can make an enormous contribution in our search for a peaceful world.”
The Shemin Trialogue is the creation of Rhoda and Emanuel (Manny) Shemin, local residents who have taken a special interest in opening lines of communication on the subject of Christian, Islamic and Jewish relations. Manny passed away on January 30, 2009. His wife is dedicated to continuing the trialogue and bringing together internationally-known religious leaders to further dialogue and education. The event is cosponsored by the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and the Center for the Study of Values and Violence After Auschwitz in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, along with the Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association. For more information, call 561-297-2979.