|The Morality of Armed Conflict: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives
(University Christian Church)
|13.7 MB||120:06 min|
- Rabbi David Komerofsky, Executive Director of Texas Hillel
He came to Austin after serving seven years as dean of students and director of the rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He has studied in Jerusalem, Los Angeles and Cincinnati, and has earned a master's degree and ordination.
- Dr. Ismael Garcia, Professor of Christian Ethics, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has specialized in the intersection of Christian ethics and issues of social justice, and is the author of numerous publications, including King and the Critique of North American Conceptions of Justice.
- Dr. Hina Azam, Assistant Professor, Departments of Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
She received her PhD from Duke University, and teaches classes in Islamic studies and Islamic law. Her research interests are Islamic law and jurisprudence, as well as women and Islam.
- Dr. Whitney S. Bodman, Associate Professor of Comparative Religions, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
He is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and received his Doctor of Theology in Comparative Religion and Islamic Studies from Harvard Divinity School. His current research focuses on the Qur'an, modern Islam in the Middle East, and rituals of sacred space and pilgrimage.
Dialogue with Civility
"Dialogue is a conversation on a common subject between two or more persons with differing views, the primary purpose of which is for each participant to learn from the other..."
( Dr. Leonard Swidler, Dialogue Decalogue)
"Civility has two parts: generosity, even when it is costly, and trust, even when there is risk."
(Stephen Carter, Civility)
We believe "Dialogue with Civility" should form the guideposts for our UCC Forums, as exemplified in the above quotations. The primary purpose of these dialogues is to promote understanding between the presenters and the audience. For this to occur, a safe and respectful atmosphere must exist.
Participants have a right to, and a responsibility for, their own feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. At the same time, each participant is asked to listen carefully to the other, trying first and always to understand. Balanced, respectful dialogue is the key ingredient. Respect for the opinions of others leads to greater tolerance of those opinions that differ from one's own.