Faith-related Centers Here to Host March 8 Dinner and Discussion on ‘Doing Virtuous Business’

Four University of St. Thomas centers will host a dinner and panel discussion on “Doing Virtuous Business: An Interreligious Dialogue on Faith and Work” from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Room 100 of McNeely Hall on the university’s St. Paul campus.

The dinner and program is free and open to the public but reservations are required. They can be made by visiting the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center website or by calling (651) 962-5650.

Ted Malloch

Ted Malloch

One of the three panelists that evening will be Yale University research professor Ted Malloch. He leads a strategy company called the Roosevelt Group and his most recent book, Doing Virtuous Business, is the subject of a PBS documentary that will be aired this spring.

The other panelists are Odeh Muhawesh and Brian Shapiro. Muhawesh is a Minneapolis-based entrepreneur and CEO of Scroant Inc. He teaches courses on Middle East history and Islamic theology at St. Thomas. Shapiro teaches accounting at St. Thomas and is a member of the Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka.

The panelists will discuss the Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives on the interrelation between faith and work. Drawing on their respective religious traditions, they will discuss what it means to be faithful leaders in business.

Sponsors of the dinner discussion are the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the SAIP Institute (Self-Assessment and Improvement Process).