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Center for Jewish, Christian, & Islamic Studies
Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

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President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
September 22-23

Two of our ECOmmunity students travel to Washington, D.C. to present “Growing Toward Sustainability: An Interfaith Cohort Model” as part of this national conference; they will present to undergraduate students, staff and faculty from around the country who are joining together across religious difference to repair our world.                                 

Growing Home: The synergy of urban farming and re-entry after incarceration or rehab
September 23, 12:00-4 pm

We tour the urban farm in the Englewood neighborhood and volunteer for the afternoon to learn about Growing Home’s innovative work with recently incarcerated individuals and those battling addiction. In teaching farming and marketing skills (and the spiritual magic of watching things grow), they provide crucial job experience and support for successful re-entry, minimizing recidivism and helping to cultivate productive lives.

ECOmmunity Retreat – CoFormation and Social TransFormation      
September 23-25

Our ECOmmunity students travel to the Michiana dunes for the weekend, learning about each other as we explore together the intersections of theological education, interreligious engagement, social justice and sustainability.

Days of Awe, Days of Change                                                                           
October 2-12

The Days of Awe on the Jewish calendar, from Rosh haShanah to Yom Kippur, align with special days of Muharram, Hijra and Ashura, on the Muslim calendar. Embracing this confluence of ritual energy, we work together on personal and social transformation.

Making Change through Interreligious Leadership
October 4, time TBD - offsite

Rabbi Mikva will speak with students about the ways in which interreligious leadership can have an impact on our communities, and our own lives. With UChicago Hillel

Faith and Environmental Justice: More than Simply Loving the Earth
October 5, 7:00 p.m.

Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster of T’ruah, and other religious activists/scholars, discuss the role of faith in their commitment to sustainability, and explore together the complex challenges of competing needs as well as the intersections of racism, classism and power in environmental (in)justice.

With the Parliament of the World’s Religions 

Letting Ritual (Re)shape Us: Interreligious Conversation
October 10, time TBD

Sharing stories of sacred time & how our religious rituals impact our spirits/ethics/lives.       

Convocation Service – Interfaith is Harder Than it Looks
October 26, 12 noon

We want to get the community buzzing about the politics of representation, Christian privilege, intersectionality, the temptations of essentialization and other challenges in interreligious studies/engagement—and that’s before the service begins!

Communities as Ecosystems                                                                          
November 4, offsite

Join us as we visit Experimental Station and ICA Greenrise, innovative projects that support the local community by building synergies.

American Academy of Religion, Interfaith and Interreligious Studies          
November 20, offsite

The CTS Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies, as one of the leaders in the field of Interreligious Studies and Engagement, co-hosts a reception for interested scholars.

Women’s Voices—Exceptional Conversations                                          
December 5-9, online

Women of diverse faiths, generations and perspectives engage each other in amazing dialogues. As we are drawn into their conversations, we can add to them.

Fireside Chat with Rabbi Herman Schaalman and Schaalman Award Winner
December 6, 5:15 pm

Rabbi Schaalman, now 100 years old, still inspires with his preaching and teaching. Come schmooze with him, and also hear the winning essay of the Schaalman Interreligious Award.