Mark your calendar and plan to attend an interfaith dialogue on Dec. 2 at the University of St. Thomas by religious leaders known nationally as well as locally.

“Healing Wounds and Building Bridges: An Interfaith Dialogue on Peace in the Holy Land” begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus, 2115 Summit Ave.

Free and open to the public, the forum is sponsored by the President’s Office and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at St. Thomas and by the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, a partnership of St. Thomas and St. John’s University in Collegeville.

This forum about the controversial Israeli-Palestinian situation is an attempt to encourage mutual understanding and peace-making.

Speakers will include three nationally known religious leaders:

  • Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C.
  • Rabbi Paul Menitoff, retired executive vice president of the New York City-based Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed, national director of the Office of Interfaith and Community Outreach at the Islamic Society of North America in Washington, D.C.
  • John Carr, a 1972 St. Thomas alumnus who is executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will moderate the discussion.

Three local religious leaders will serve as respondents; they are:

  • Charles Lutz, Minnesota coordinator of Churches for Middle East Peace and co-author of Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope (Fortress Press, 2006)
  • Makram El- Amin, resident imam of the Masjid An- Nur mosque in Minneapolis
  • Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

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