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Catholic Scholar Series 2007-2008 Begins Tuesday, October 30

Belmont, CA, October 26, 2007 — A noted theologian and author on pluralism, Fr. Andrews Amir, will begin Notre Dame de Namur University’s Catholic Scholar Series 2007-2008 on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

He will address “Inter-Religious Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities,” at the 7 p.m. lecture in Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

Fr. Amir teaches Moral Theology and Spirituality at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park. Besides teaching theology, his interests lie in the understanding and development of human consciousness, spirituality, and leading groups in meditation. He earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune, India, and a Ph.D. in Moral Theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome. He is the author of Be Still Bear Fruit; Living Our True Nature (2006) and From A Spiritual Perspective Life is Meaningful (November 2007).

He states “dialogue is necessary, as pluralism has become the defining characteristic of our society.” He finds this can be all the more true in the field of religion when people of different faiths live together. Inter-religious dialogue aims to promote understanding between religions and harness the potential of religions for mutual enrichment as well as for the integral liberation of both individuals and communities belonging to different religious traditions.

Sister Roseanne Murphy, NDNU Executive Director of Planned Giving, Professor Emerita, and former Chair of the Psychology/Sociology Department at the University says that the presentation will also attempt to address inter-religious dialogue from a pragmatic point of view as there is an urgent need for different religions to work together not just at the religious level, but at the social, political, environmental, economical, and moral levels.

“Fr. Amir speaks from his background of growing up in India where there are a great many religious traditions that have struggled to co-exist together,” said Sister Roseanne. “He brings to the lecture his own experience of the challenges and opportunities of living in a pluralistic society and his acute awareness of the need to find out how the world community can live together in peace.”

Sponsored by the Sister Catharine Julie Cunningham Visiting Scholars Program, NDNU’s Catholic Scholar Series features the social aspects of contemporary society and how they affect theology and practice. The talk is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Sister Roseanne Murphy at (650) 508-3551.