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Rambachan attends Beijing forum, elected to global council

By Alexandra Wertz '12
January 10, 2011

Professor of Religion and Department Chair Anantanand Rambachan has been elected to the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, where he represents Hinduism. The Council is comprised of 35 members representing Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and other faith traditions. In its mission to, in part, “promote engagement,” the council hosts what it calls the world’s largest and most diverse interreligious gatherings. Rambachan says that his work on the council should help initiate more religious dialogue at St. Olaf and increase students’ knowledge of world religions. He also hopes to involve students in the organization.

In addition, Rambachan presented "Finding Common Ground in Unity and Reconciliation" at the 2010 Beijing Forum that annually brings together leaders in the humanities and social sciences. “It was a special opportunity to be in conversations with Chinese scholars about the significance of religion in our contemporary world,” he says.

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