2017. USA. Dir: Lana Wilson. With Ittetsu Nemoto. Documentary. 97 min.
This portrait of a Japanese punk-rocker turned Buddhist suicide-prevention counselor translates the emotional complexities surrounding mortality into cinematic terms, eschewing explanatory narration to instead quietly explore the everyday pain shared by the priest and his patients. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with director Wilson ’05.
The Interfaith Council of Wesleyan University, in conjunction with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, invites everyone to a talk/luncheon titled “The Role of Religion in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict; Jew, Muslim, Christian — It Matters” with Ron Young ’65.
Young is the Co-founder and Consultant for the National Initiative for Peace (NILI) and the author of Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He is a former student at Wesleyan and a highly regarded lecturer and writer on the topic of interfaith cooperation and Middle East developments, particularly the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Lunch will be provided by Bon Appetit.
The lecture and lunch are free and open to the public.
Our group’s goal is to create a comfortable and safe space for people who identify as Middle Eastern, Arab, Persian, Turkish, and etc. We also want members that do not identify as Middle Eastern, but who are interested in learning more about the region and its people to participate as well. We want to provide a view of the region that is not tarnished by western media. Topics of discussion will include identity, religion, intersectionality, feminism, media perceptions, gender roles, and etc.
We are also part of the Student of Color Coalition and we want to collaborate with as many SOC groups as possible this year!
Date: Wednesday, September 23 Time:8:30-9:30 PM Place: Usdan 108 FB
As an undergraduate at Wesleyan, Debra Haffner ’76 was a vocal activist for social justice and co-founder of Wesleyan’s first Women’s Center. Since graduation, Rev. Haffner has held leadership roles at Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, and other non-profit organizations. Most recently, she founded the Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.
Rev. Haffner will talk about her career working for the rights of women and families, how to create and grow social impact organizations, and how a Wesleyan education prepares you to change the world. Lunch will be provided.
The Inaugural Nathan Olshin Scholar-in-Residence Program, in partnership with the Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies of JTS, is taking place this Sunday, November 16 at 3 PM at Adath Israel – right off campus, on the corner of Church and Broad Streets. OUR VERY OWN Dr. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, along with Dr. Benjamin Sommer and Dr. Eitan Fishbane, will be speaking on different religious conceptions of the beginning and the end of the world. Please contact Adath Israel directly with any questions at 860-346-4709.
Date: Sunday, November 16th Time: 3:00-5:00 PM Place: Congregation Adath Israel (8 Broad St.)
Covering eight indigenous communities, Standing On Sacred Ground exposes threats to native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In the U.S. and around the world, indigenous people defend human rights and restore the environment in their sacred places, the original protected areas. In a growing worldwide movement, their resistance provides the path to our common future.
Produced and directed by Christopher McLeod P’17. Narrated by Graham Greene (Oneida), with the voices of Tantoo Cardinal (Metis), Q’orianka Kilcher (Quechua), Rhoda Roberts (Bundjalung) and Luana Busby-Neff (Hawai`i).
Featuring Chief Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), and authors Barry Lopez and Satish Kumar.
Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Center for Film Studies, College of the Environment, Anthropology Department and Department of Religion
The schedule for the event follows after the jump:
Jamie Jung ’16 writes in about an exploration of the physical and spiritual approaches to depression and addiction:
Undoubtedly the issue of depression is a rampaging topic not only in schools, but in one’s personal mind. But what triggers it? How does one deal with it? Bring your own questions (and most importantly, yourself!) to the 3rd annual Veritas Forum at Wesleyan University.
Dr. Dan Blazer – Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Dr. Nii Addy – Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Yale University
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea – Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Wesleyan University
Q: Why did the Unitarian Universalist cross the road?
A: To support the chicken in its free and responsible search for truth
If you’re Unitarian Universalist, interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism, or just want to hang out with fun UUs, come have tea with us! We’ll give an overview of this non-creedal religion, have some introductions and a check-in, and best of all enjoy the wonderfully comfortable library of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome.
Date: Today, Sunday, September 8 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Place: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (corner of High Street and Church Street)
Erin Chase ’15 writes in about this WesFest even taking place over the interwebs tonight:
You are invited to participate in a WesFest Webinar with Princeton
Theological Seminary: “Can science and religion coexist? Should
Christians be afraid of Darwin or scientists afraid of Christ? We will
tackle these and other provocative questions in a webinar with two
dynamic professors who are currently fellows at the Center of
Theological Inquiry in Princeton.” For more info, visit this page.