Sunday, October 26

eucharist: living/god/together/us

Sweet Are the Uses of Diversity
Wole Soyinka, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, is the President’s Marymount Institute Professor in Residence.

Location
Ahmanson 1000

 

 



Monday, October 27

religion.life.LA.

We live in the most religiously diverse city in the world. What do we –and what don’t we—share? In the city where America imagines itself and the world, how much room is there for God? for you? for me? In LA, does U+I = US?

Watching TV
Media and Religion in Los Angeles

How do we tell serious stories about religion on television? This panel involves four different presenters who will address this question with a focus on their own work.

Moderator
Amir Hussain, Co-Director, Bellarmine Forum

Panelists
Barbara Hall is the creator of
Joan of Arcadia.

Marley Klaus is a journalist who was a producer of 60 Minutes and creator of California Connected , which won over 65 national and regional awards

Roger Wolfson is a writer for Saving Grace.

NOTE: This panel will run from 10 am to 10:50 and 11 am to 11:50 am to allow students to attend part of the session if they wish.


Panel Session
Religious Education in Los Angeles

Location
Ahmanson 1000

In what is both the largest Catholic archdiocese in the USA and the most religiously diverse city in the world, what are the issues that arise for religious education?

Moderator
Ernest Rose is Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at LMU.

Panelists
Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is Associate Professor of Religious Education at Claremont School of Theology.

Fr. Michael Lee SJ is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theological Studies.

Edmundo Litton is Chair of the Department of Specialized Programs in Urban Education.

NOTE: This panel will run from 2-2.50 pm and 3-3.50 pm to allow students to attend part of the session if they wish.

Religion in Black Los Angeles

Location

Sacred Heart Chapel

Join us for an evening of discussion and celebration of Black religious life in Los Angeles.

Moderator
Joseph O. Jewell is Chair of
African American Studies.

Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray is the former pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest church founded by African Americans in Los Angeles.

Bishop Gordon Bennett SJ is the retired Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica and a member of the Jesuit community at LMU.

LMU Voices of Joy Gospel Choir
Victor Bell and Halel Gospel Choir




Tuesday, October 28

identities. the multiple faces of convivencia

“Protestant, Catholic and Jew” no longer works to describe either us or the US. Whose voices get heard at the table? Can I be Muslim and American? Or do I have to choose? Whose religion/ethnicity/sexuality/class/politics = US?

Panel Session
The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group - a Model of Dialogue for the Common Good

Location
Ahmanson 1000

The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group of Southern California was founded in 2006 to “work in partnership with leaders of various streams of Southern California Christian and Muslim communities to enhance mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, and support of the Sacred in each other.” In this panel, the two convenors of the group will discuss the programmatic and educational elements of their work.

Moderator
Fr. Dorian Llywelyn SJ, Co-Director, Bellarmine Forum

Panelists
Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord is the
Officer of Ecumenical
and Interreligious Concerns
for The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Jihad Turk is the Religious Director of the
Islamic Centre of Southern California.


Panel on Religion and Sexual Ethics

Location
Ahmanson 1000

In our shared existence – in this city, in the United States - differing religious traditions have widely divergent attitudes towards sexual ethics. Underlying these attitudes are fundamental principles concerning what it is to be human, and the place of sexuality in our identity and our society. What does our faith have to do with our sexuality? Given our differences, can we find a common way of integrating sexuality and spirituality, and find norms for social behavior? Or is my sexuality my own business and no-one else’s?

Moderator
Jonathan Rothchild is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies.

Panelists
Swami Atmavidyananda is at the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

Venerable Bhante Chao Chu is Abbott of the Rosemead Buddhist Monastery.

Rev. Dr. Phil Hilliard is Senior Pastor of Bethany Church of Alhambra.


Panel Session
What’s a Nice Jewish Person Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

Location
Ahmanson 1000

Los Angeles is the second-largest Jewish community in the USA. Our panel will discuss the diversity and variety of Jewish identities in Los Angeles.

Moderator
Rabbi Michael Barclay

Panelists
Rabbi Ed Feinstein,
Valley Beth Shalom

Rabbi Aaron Katz, Beth Shalom of Whittier

Rabbi Haim Ovadia, Kahal Joseph Congregation

Dr. Saba Soomekh, Visiting Professor in the Department of Theological Studies, studies the Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles.





Wednesday, October 29

is this land still made for you and me?

Does “shared life” mean that we just exist side-by-side being affected by others –or even noticing them? What happens when convivencia goes wrong, when U+I = just “me”, and there’s no room for “you” or “them”?

Panel Session
Constructing Identity, Confronting Empire:
From Patmos to the Barrio

Location
Ahmanson 1000

From Patmos to the Barrio is the new book by David Sanchez. It traces the historical subversion of imperial myths from the Book of Revelation to the devotions to the Virgin of Guadalupe in contemporary Los Angeles.

Moderator
Stephen Shepherd is Associate Professor of English

Panelists
David Sanchez is a New Testament scholar who is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Deena Gonzalez is Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies.


The Legacy of the Chumash

Location
Hilton 300

The Chumash are one of the native peoples of Southern California, whose traditional lands spread out over some 7,000 square miles. This presentation by an elder will discuss Chumash traditions and teaching, as well as the problems that arose from a lack of convivencia between the Chumash and the missions.

Moderator
Fr. Dorian Llywelyn SJ, Co-Director, Bellarmine Forum

Grandmother Eneke-Alish Huaute is the wife of Chumash Medicine Man Grandfather Semu.


Panel Session
When convivencia does not exist: First Nations and Human Rights

Location
Hilton 300

What happens when convivencia fails, and human rights abuses occur? This session will be a conversation with a Canadian scholar who has devoted his life to creating common ground.

Moderator
Amir Hussain, Co-Director, Bellarmine Forum

Panelists
J. Edward "Ted" Chamberlin, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He was the Senior Research Associate with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and has worked for over 30 years on native land claims around the world.





Thursday, October 30

religion + life = politics

We live in a “majority minority” city, in which some of those minorities are religious ones. In other places in our world, Christians are in the minority. How can we live together in peace, rather than violence? Given our differences, can we even pray together?

10:50 am-12:05 pm
Panel Session
Religious Minorities

Location
Ahmanson 1000

What does it mean to be a member of a minority religion? How do minorities balance their religious-minority status with other aspects of their identity? What are the tensions? And what are the blessings?

Moderator
Robin Wang is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and Director of the
Asian and Pacific Studies Program.

Panelists
Ven. Kusala Bhikshu is an American-born monk ordained in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Vietnam.

Fr. Wafik Nasry SJ is an Egyptian born Copt. He specializes in the study of early Christian-Muslim controversies, and currently teaches in the Department of Classics and Archaeology and the Department of Theological Studies.

Varun Soni is Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, and the first Hindu spiritual leader of a US campus.


12:15-1:15 pm
Interfaith Prayer Service

Location
Sacred Heart Chapel

“It is certainly a very good thing that the local Churches in the larger unity of the Catholic communion invite others to pray for peace; our Christian brothers, in the first place; but also, when possible and desirable, brothers and sisters from other religions. When this is done with due respect for the faith convictions of each one, with due openness to the truth, and with reverence for the ways of prayer of all concerned, including the host, then an important witness is given to the deep commitment of all religious men and women to the building of peace.” (Pope John Paul II, First World Day of Prayer for Peace, Assisi, Italy, October 27, 1986).

Join us and representatives of the major faith traditions from Los Angeles, in prayer for peaceful convivencia in our city, our nation, and our world.

Fr. Robert B. Lawton SJ, President of Loyola Marymount University, will participate in this prayer service.


4:30-6:30 pm
Let’s Talk Faith, Politics and Social Justice

Location

Ahmanson 1000

During this election year, there has been a lot of discussion about faith and politics. Panelists from faith and social justice communities in Los Angeles will discuss what issues are important to them, how they mobilize to achieve outcomes, and what roles young people can play in creating the convivencia of the future.

Moderator
Fr. John Coleman SJ
is Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values

Panelists
Edina Lekovic is the Communications Director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council.


Rebecca Sager is Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.

Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith is the Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Steven Windmueller is Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.


6:30-7:30 pm Reception

Location
Dunning Courtyard outside Murphy Recital Hall


7:30-9 pm
Play: Bounty of Lace

Location
Murphy Recital Hall

Bounty of Lace is a contemporary play by Susan Merson about women in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This reading of the play is produced by Jim Holmes and directed by Sr. Judith Royer CSJ. The play will be followed by a discussion featuring the playwright and women from three different faith traditions.

Moderator
Amir Hussain, Co-Director, Bellarmine Forum

Panelists
Susan Merson, playwright

Debra Linesch is Director of the Department of Marital and Family Therapy.

Dr. Laila al-Marayati is a Palestinian American gynecologist.

Sr. Judith Royer CSJ is Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance .





Friday, October 31

students.talk. convivencia .

If we truly share life with others, does that mean that “we” have to become like “them”? Or are there things which we simply cannot give up if we are to remain ourselves? At LMU, how do we balance our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identities with openness to people of other faiths or no faith at all? In Los Angeles, how do we respect different kinds of diversity – religious, ethnic, sexual, economic – without deteriorating into separation from each other? In this new century, is religion destined to divide us? Or can it unite this broken world?

10-11:50 am Panel Session: Sexual Orientation and Religion

Location
Ahmanson 1000

This discussion will feature LMU student, staff and faculty presenters discussing stereotypes and opinions commonly held about the LBGT community, various problematic intersections, and the relationship—or lack of it—between that community and religious communities. The event will provide a safe environment in which those within and outside of the LBGT community can come to understand each other better, and understand the many ways in which religion and sexual orientation intersect. This forum will also discuss current political topics related to the connections between religion and sexual orientation.

Organizers
Dino Entac, Director of Resident Ministry, Maria Alderete, Assistant Director of the Center for Service and Action and Henry Ward, Director of Intercultural Affairs



12-1:30 pm Lunch and Conversation
Food for Thought: Religious Minorities at LMU

Location
McIntosh Center (University Hall 3999)


Students, faculty and staff from religious minorities on LMU’s campus will be invited to lunch together, in an effort to gather people and facilitate conversation. In addition, an open invitation with an RSVP will be given to the whole LMU community, with the hope of also reaching people of any or no religious tradition who want to participate in this important conversation.

Lunch will begin with a staff member representing a religious minority offering a blessing of our gathering and our food. As lunch is served, a religious minority student will give a brief presentation on her/his experience of being religiously active on LMU’s predominantly Christian, Catholic campus.

Table conversations will offer a comfortable environment for people of differing religious traditions to share their experiences of how their religious activity both affects and is affected by the LMU community.

Organizers
Dino Entac, Director of Resident Ministry and
Denise Folga, Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars.





Saturday, November 1


2:30-5 pm
Artists Speak

Location
Murphy Recital Hall

In this eighth annual presentation of “Artists Speak”, LMU students gifted in creative writing, dance, theatre arts, music, film, visual arts, and other endeavors share their responses to the topic of convivencia as issues which impact themselves, their communities, and the world. This event showcases performances and exhibits of original works reflecting the gifts, creativity and passion of the artists at LMU.

Organizers
Sr. Judith Royer CSJ and Judith Scalin to arrange, Laurel Ollstein to co-produce







5-6 pm
A.R.T.S. Society Celebrates Artists and Arts

Location
Dunning Court outside Murphy Recital Hall

A.R.T.S., the student society for Arts.Religion.Theology.Spirituality invites audience members and artists to share coffee, cookies and each other’s company in a celebration of the artistic gifts of LMU students. This reception is an opportunity to get to know students, faculty, staff and visitors who share a passion for the arts as an eloquent way to examine our most pressing and complex questions.

Organizers
A.R.T.S. Society student officers John Chapman and James Eastman, and Professor Cecilia González-Andrieu.