Symposium on Religious and Political Disagreement: Mitri Raheb
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Friday, April 21, 2017
at 3:15 PM
Tomson Hall, 280
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The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a Symposium on Religious and Political Disagreement April 20 and 21 featuring a panel of experts.

As part of the symposium, Mitri Raheb will deliver a lecture April 21 titled Religious Diversity, Political Conflict, and the Spirituality of Liberation: The Voice of a Palestinian Christian.

In his lecture, Mitri Raheb will present several theses based on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as his personal experience:

● How political disagreements can turn quickly into religious disagreements and the danger of such developments.
● How religion is being misused as a tool by different parties either to keep in power or to get to power.
● How opposing views in politics and religion are silenced.
● The importance of a new spirituality based on religious and political diversity, freedom, a culture of life, and creative resistance for both the political and religious life.

Raheb is the founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem in addition to being the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, he is the author of 16 books.

The Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. By exploring diverse ideas about politics, markets, and society, the Institute aims to challenge presuppositions, question easy answers, and foster constructive dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view.

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