Tag Archives: religion

Film Series: The Departure

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.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

The Role(s) of Religion – Election 2016

From Rebecca Jacobsen:

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This is the first of three panels in Allbritton’s Right Now! Series about the 2016 Presidential Election.

This panel, “The Role(s) of Religion,” will feature:

ANTHEA BUTLER, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UPenn and author of Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making a Sanctified World

JESSICA MARTINEZ, Pew Research Center, co-author of America’s Changing Religious Landscape

SARAH POSNER, Journalist, author of God’s Profits

Moderator: LIZA MCALISTER, Professor of Religion

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 7:00PM
Place: PAC 001

Religion and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Eki Ramadhan ’16 writes in:

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.

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Date: Thursday, November 6
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Place: PAC 107

First Middle Eastern Perspectives Meeting

perspectivesFrom the incredible Rajaa Elidrissi ’16:

Come join us for our first meeting of the year!

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
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Lessons from a Life in Sex and Ministry

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.

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Cost: Free! Register.

The Beginning and the End of the World

NOSIR-Lecture-FlierPSA from Talia Baurer ’15

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.)

Standing on Sacred Ground Film Screening and Symposium

Danil-SOSG-shadow1Covering 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: 

Veritas Forum: Making Sense of Mental Health

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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.

Featuring:
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

Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Exley 150
Cost: Free

Unitarian Universalist Kick-off Tea – Today at 7:00 PM

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Courtesy of Kayla Reiman ’14:

Q: Why did the Unitarian Universalist cross the road?

A: To support the chicken in its free and responsible search for truth
and meaning.

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)

Not Afraid of Darwin or Christ

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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.

Dessert will be served!

Place: Judd 116
Date: Tonight, April 17
Time: 7-9 pm
Price: Free