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Auburn Seminary ‘troublemaker’ to discuss social justice

The Rev. Katharine Henderson is a “troublemaker” in ministry. She is the president of the Auburn Theological Seminary and teaches students to become Christian leaders. “The idea is that leaders and people of faith are called to help to create a just and more peaceful world, and sometimes that means not maintaining the status quo but stirring things up to create transformation and change,” Henderson said.

Religion department plans ‘humble celebration of growing openness’ for Fourth

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Joan Brown Campbell labors over the prayers she writes for the service on the Fourth of July. “Joan probably spends more time working on her prayers for the Fourth of July weekend than any other day of the year,” said Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music. Actually, Campbell and Jacobsen work well in advance to plan the Fourth of July services.

Carroll to lecture on American perception of Jerusalem

There are two Jerusalems, according to James Carroll’s book Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Carroll will begin the second week of the Interfaith Lecture Series with a lecture called “City on a Hill: Jerusalem in the American Imagination.”

Keehan to examine relationship between money, health care

To close the first week of the Interfaith Lecture Series, Sister Carol Keehan will discuss the economics of maternal health in her lecture, “Will U.S. Health Reform Advance Maternal and Child Wellbeing?” At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Keehan will address the misconceptions that people often have when examining maternal and child health and the relationship between money and health care.

Forman to discuss Haiti’s gender-based violence

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The Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olem” means “repairing the world.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” in Matthew 5:9. In Hinduism, the concept of karma guarantees that people who are charitable and kind will benefit in the next life. The teaching of “earthly Buddhism” is an environmental approach to repairing the world.
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Meleis to speak on empowering women

At an early age, Dr. Afaf Meleis learned from her mother and grandmother that there are different kinds of power and different types of leadership. Now, she teaches others to rethink their attitudes toward power and gender inequalities around the world. “It’s important to be able to detect some of the challenges and risks that women are suffering from and to fix the quality of life and health, and if it does that, it also affects families and communities and societies,” Meleis said. “Empowering women is a cause that could lead to, and does lead to, peace in the world.”

Apollo’s Fire to spark interest in Protestant history

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The members of Apollo’s Fire bowed to the audience’s applause after their performance at Chautauqua in 2007, but this year’s performance of “Come to the River” may yield even better results. “This program is really special for Chautauqua in particular because Chautauqua has this long tradition of focusing on Protestant church history and the different ideals that have been discussed,” said Jeannette Sorrell, the founder of Apollo’s Fire.

Mother of 3 stresses attitude change about women

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Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese’s kids are global children. They each know what it feels like to go to an international school, be the only kid in class who speaks English and spend only four months of the year in their hometown of Ontario, Canada. This is because for the other eight months of the year, their mom teaches Ugandan leaders about maternal mortality and trains them to change the way their neighborhoods treat maternal and child health.

Dybul opens week of lectures on maternal, child well-being

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Despite their differences, religion and maternal mortality go hand in hand. “We can’t address health issues without dealing with faith communities, and in many of these communities, the most important leaders are faith leaders,” said Ambassador Mark Dybul, the co-director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health law at Georgetown University and the Interfaith Lecture Series’ first guest lecturer.
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