FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) College of Art and Sciences’ 2012 University Community Conversations (UC2) presents “The World's Religions Come to the City of Churches: Religious and Cultural Diversity in Fort Wayne and Allen County,” with L. Michael Spath, a continuing lecturer in Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom.
Our world is shrinking and the world’s religions are in our backyard. Our neighbors are from different cultures and ethnicities; they come from various parts of the world and have different religious traditions. Who are our neighbors? What do they believe? How are their traditions adapting to American values and democratic principles? And how are they shaping and re-forming what it means to be “American”?
Join us to discuss the increasing religious diversity—theist, non-theist, humanist, atheist—in Allen County and a pluralist 21st century American civil religion, with an interfaith panel consisting of religious leaders from the Fort Wayne area, led by Spath. The lecture is free and open to the public.
L. Michael Spath has a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament Studies. His Ph.D. work is in the intersection of Islam and Christianity. Spath has also studied with Rosan Yoshida, master at the St. Louis Zen Center, and with Swami Chetanananda, spiritual director of the St. Louis Vedanta Society. Spath is a member of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC in Fort Wayne. He is also executive director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and the chair the Fort Wayne Urban League’s board.
The 2012 UC² theme is “The City.” Starting in January 2012, events have examined the city and its multiple meanings: The city as Fort Wayne, the city as any global urban center, and the city as an abstract idea. As a growing percentage of the world’s population congregates in cities and as Fort Wayne works to redefine itself in the 21st century, “The City” is a theme and topic in which we are all invested.
For more information on this event, contact Spath at 260-481-0509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the UC2 program itself, contact Carl Drummond, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 260-481-5750 or email@example.com.