|Religious Studies Outreach
731 Elm Avenue, Robertson Hall, Rooms 119-120
Norman, OK 73019
Fax: (405) 325-1502
The Outreach Program for Religious Studies invites you to participate with us as we explore a world rich with religious diversity. The heart of our Outreach program is an invitation to expand our horizons and broaden our perspectives through interaction among the various religions and expressions of religion.
While our program is certainly available to the university community through in-house events and programs offered for our own faculty and students, this is not the entire story.
Our program also invites the wider community to join us for speakers, conferences, discussions, and events for the explicit purpose of expanding the dialogue among the worlds religions and its practitioners. Nor do we omit from our dialogue those who reject religion. All voices enrich the discussion..
This institute, created in 2006, is housed in the Religious Studies Program. Since it is a new project, it is still quite early in the development stage. The Institute began with an Inter-religious Panel event hosted in Chicago (see below). There have since been three of these events held.
The second project began as part of the work of the MPI is a Think Tank. Four sessions were held between Ocober 2009 and October 2010. The Think Tank's 2011 upcoming session will be held on March 21 and 22 on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. The current topic being discussed by fourteen scholars, activists and clerics is: The Role of Religion in Bipartisanship. Think Tank participants are currently working on developing an Ethic of the Other. The goal of the Think Tank is to produce a position paper that will be used to create a symposium for broader study by leaders from around the country. Currently grants are being sought to undergird the Think Tank and support a Symposium.
Recent MPI Events
OU Meacham Auditorium, October 5, 2010. Inter-Religious Panel. Panelists included Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and Dr. Robin Meyers, Minister of Mayflower Congregational Church of Oklahoma City, and professor of Rhetoric at Oklahoma City University. The topic was "Top 10 Reasons Why Christians and Jews Don't Get Each Other.'
Sherman, Texas, February 21, 2010, Austin College. Inter-Religious Panel. Panelists included Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Imam Yusu Kavakci, resident Islamic Scholar and Spiritual Leader of the Muslim community affiliated with the Islamic Association of North Texas, and Dr. Tom W. Boyd, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma and ordained PCUSA Presbyterian Minister. The topic was "The Abrahamic Traditions; What's Faith Got to Do With It?"
Inaugural Event Chicago , Illinois , November 2008
Dr. Barbara Boyd moderated an interreligious discussion held at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with panelists Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, and Dr. Robert Cathey, Professor of Theology at McCormick. The topic was Naked or Sacred: How Much God in the Public Square ?, an interfaith dialogue about the impact of religion upon the recent presidential election. Go to http://www.mccormick.edu for a link to a Podcast of the event.