As part of its year-long Centennial celebration, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement will host a roundtable on interfaith collaboration. One focus of the discussion will be on how building bridges of practical interfaith collaboration in relief, development and peacebuilding can embody a vital form of Christian witness.The event will be from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in Martin Chapel.The Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University partners with individuals and organizations for interfaith education and service to promote a more just and peaceful world.“EMU has a long history of interfaith engagement, represented by its diverse student community, institutional commitments to justice and peacebuilding, and many expressions of global and local engagement,” said the center’s director, Professor Timothy Seidel. “Its centennial year provides a good opportunity to reflect on this history as well as look forward.”The discussion will use as its basis the 10th anniversary of the publication of Border and Bridges: Mennonite Witness in a Religiously Diverse World (Cascadia Publishing House, 2007), edited by Peter Dula and Alain Epp Weaver. Dula is professor of Bible and religion at EMU, while Weaver worked for many years with Mennonite Central Committee in the Middle East, and currently serves as director for strategic planning.Both Dula and Weaver will attend the roundtable, as well as chapter contributor Gopar Tapkida, a Nigerian peacebuilder and graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s MA in conflict transformation program. Carol Tobin, from Virginia Mennonite Missions, and Israa Alhassani, a steering committee member for CIE’s Interfaith Peace Camp, will also contribute..
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