Spring 2015 Events

Humanity - Holy Sites, Beliefs, Rituals

The Molloy Institute for Interfaith Dialogue is dedicated to expand relationships between all faiths. Some prejudices passed from generation to generation in tradition of ignorance. The Institute is dedicated to diffuse bigotry and teach that there are no superior or inferior people.

We shall discuss religious rituals, rites of passage, ethics and beliefs. Also holy books, days and holy people will be part of this semester's presentations especially: Theologians and their Influence on Society. All of these public or private virtues permits people to bind worshippers reminding them of their ancestors. It brings them together as a community, family and position them in history.

Since its inception, the Institute has welcomed thousands of community members. We believe that Molloy College has in no small measure influenced and enhanced understanding and compassion amongst many people.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3 p.m.
Multipurpose Larini Room, Public Square, Molloy College

Sister Catherine of Siena
Saint Catherine of Siena Dominican tertiary and spiritual teacher-b: 1347, d: 1380; joined the Third order of Dominicans. People were attracted by her charm and wisdom. Known for her clarity of thought; worked to bring the papacy of Gregory the 11th back to Rome and establish peace among Italian city-states. She is a Patron Saint of Italy together with St. Francis of Assisi.
Presenter: Sister Dorothy Anne Fitzgibbons, O.P.; Ed.D.; Vice President for Mission, Molloy College

Moses Maimonides: Philosopher and medical writer-b: 1135 d: 1204; the spiritual head of Cairo community. He was a physician responsible for writing text to indicate which religions were accepted as Halakhah (Law) and thirteen articles of Faith (Dogma). He believed that common people should be taught about the nature of God.

Henrietta Szold: Zionist leader: assisted in integrating Jewish migration to the U.S. in the 19th century. She was deeply interested in fostering friendly relations between Jews and Arabs. Known for saving thousands of youths.
Presenter: Rabbi Paul Kushner, D.D.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3 p.m.
Multipurpose Larini Room, Public Square, Molloy College

Mohandas Gandhi, Hindu Leader, Man of Peace, Social Reformer
He promoted independence and was knowledgeable about all religions, found them flawed. Influenced by the Bhagavad Gita and wanted to simplify life, he travelled far and wide to break down barriers between Hindus and Muslims. He fought oppressive laws and politics. Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist in 1948.

Our dynamic speaker will discuss life in India and his work as a representative in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. You will be fascinated by our knowledgeable scholar, who will also enlighten us about U.S. and Indian international relations.
Presenter: Nilesh Shah, CPA, Consular Officer, United States Embassy

A film about the Dalai Lama: Leader of Tibetan Buddhism will be shown at end of program.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3 p.m.
Hays Theater, Wilbur Arts Center

REPEATED BY POPULAR REQUEST! Let's talk to each other and share opinions. Everyone will be heard!
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION-eight participants at each table who will share their backgrounds. Spend time with us and have a rewarding afternoon! Share thoughts with people of various backgrounds or faiths. Make friends with others you may have never met before!

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 3 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE DAY AND DATE!)
Multipurpose Larini Room, Public Square, Molloy College

Holy Spaces, Holy Places
We shall look at churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, shrines, edifices to understand the role, the purpose of design and architecture representing various faiths. You will view Mecca, Vatican City, Salt Lake City (Mormon), Baha'i temples and gardens, Buddhist monuments and statues, and other edifices from all over the world.

We promise you an interesting afternoon. Call it a Travelogue!
Presenter: Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., AIA (American Institute of Architecture), MFA; Sacred Space Planner, Member of Board of Directors of Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 3 p.m.
Multipurpose Larini Room, Public Square, Molloy College

Martin Luther
Professor of Biblical Literature-b: 1483, d: 1546. He translated the Bible into German and organized evangelical churches throughout Germany. His churches abolished confession, private mass, convents, and monasteries. He was the Father of Protestant Reformation. The Catholic Church excommunicated him in 1521.
Presenter: Rev. Gaylor Barker, Ph.D.; Speaker, Filmmaker; Adjunct Associate Professor, Molloy College

Bab and Baha'u'Ilah: Founders of Baha'i Faith.
Bab means gateway. He heralded the coming of Baha'u'llah who was recognized as the official founder of the Baha'i Faith. He ministered to the poor, and was also a prolific writer. He wrote more than 100 volumes that he alluded that it all came from God dealing with social and ethical teachings, laws and mystical life. Most members of the Baha'i Faith had to leave Iran because of the uprisings during the last 40 years.
Presenter: Gilbert Smith, Author of many writings, Director, Columbia University, Member of Baha'i Faith

There is no charge for these exciting programs. However, monetary gifts are welcome to sustain the quality of the events. Contributions are gratefully accepted, are tax deductible and will assist us in continuing Interfaith work.

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