Aaron Panken to speak at September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes And Consequences

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Thursday, September 19, 2002, 7:00 pm
Center for Religious Inquiry
St. Bartholomew's Church
Park Avenue and 51st Street
New York, NY

Admission: Free

In a new book that is essential reading for all those coming to terms with the post-9/11 world, Hartford Seminary faculty have written twelve compelling articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the background, causes and continuing repercussions of the terrorist attacks. In this special program, two of the authors, who are Muslim and Christian, as well as a leading Jewish theologian, will discuss the causes and consequences of the attack from religious and cultural perspectives.

Ingrid Mattson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (the first woman to hold the post); Kelton Cobb, Professor of Theology and Ethics; and Rabbi Aaron Panken, Dean of the New York campus of Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will discuss, among other topics, the role of Muslim leaders in shaping a responsible discourse of resistance to oppression and injustice, the relationship between religion and violence, and the impact of the 9/11-event on society from a religious viewpoint. Heidi Hadsell, President of Hartford Seminary, will give an introduction.

Copies of the book, "September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences," (Oneworld) will be on sale. The editors, Ian Markham and Ibrahim Abu-Rabi', will be present to sign the copies. Markham is Dean of Hartford Seminary and Professor of Theology and Ethics. Abu-Rabi' is co-director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary and Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

This program is co-sponsored by Hartford Seminary, the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew's Church and Oneworld Publications.


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