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Religion on Campus Week to Explore Faiths
From Islam to Neopaganism

Throughout the week of March 23 to March 30, visitors to the Campus Center's mezzanine will see a collection of photos, documents, and text attesting to the long history of Muslims in America. The exhibition will be introduced on Monday, March 24, at 5 p.m. by Amir  N. Muhammad, the president and founder of Collections and Stories of American Muslims, the organization that created the exhibition.

The exhibit is part of Religion on Campus Week, a thoroughly ecumenical exploration of religion and spirituality at Bryn Mawr sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs.  OIA Student Coordinator Dinu Ahmed has put together a full schedule of events in collaboration with student groups professing Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Baha'I, and neopagan faiths.  Numerous other religious traditions are represented in the week's  program of discussions, films, lectures, performances,  social events, and a Saturday of service.

A few highlights:

Tuesday, March 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Dorothy Vernon Room:  A panel discussion on gender and sexuality across faith traditions. Panelists include celebrated author Lesléa Newman; Lecturer in English Ann Dalke, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); and Beth Stroud '91, a former minister of the United Methodist Church who was stripped of her ordination in 2004 after publicly acknowledging that she was a practicing lesbian in a "covenant relationship" with her life partner.

Tuesday, March 25, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Thomas 110: A screening of Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America, a documentary that follows the lives of three American women—a Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim—whose "stories help us to consider the compatibility of feminism and religion, and the tension of being a voice of critique without alienating one's community or inviting outside prejudice."

Thursday, March  27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dorothy Vernon Room:  "Christ in the Bowery: The Witness of Dorothy Day," a lecture by Commonweal Managing Editor Peter Jordan on the life and work of the founder of the Catholic Worker movement, a champion of social action, advocate for the poor and homeless, and "saint-in-the-works."

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Posted 3/20/2008 by Claudia Ginanni