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2008-11 Shafiq with King Abdullah

Dr. Shafiq with King Abdullah, November 2008

2009

  • Interfaith Evening with Monroe County Social and Global Studies Teachers

    The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue has conducted various programs on Interfaith Encounter studying world religions and conducting spiritual journeys visiting places of worships for the Social and global studies teachers in Monroe County. It is time to listen to them about the impact of these programs in teaching curricula, developing new courses on interfaith and world religions in their schools, in their dealing with students and impact on the their own personal life. The program will help the Hickey Center evaluate its teachers programs, open it to all teachers in Monroe County and conduct similar programs for other counties.

    Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
  • The Next Generation: Living Together in a Religiously Pluralistic Society

    Students from diverse religious backgrounds will come together for this annual week long conference. Workshops and seminars will educate and inform participants about religious traditions from around the world, focusing on the importance of interfaith knowledge in a religiously pluralistic society. The students will visit religious places of worship and participate in social and cultural sharing.

    Date: August 17-21, 2009
  • Training of the Trainers: A Certificate Program on World Religions

    A week-long annual summer workshop planned to introduce the participant to the practices and faiths of the religious traditions of the world. The program will feature activities created to introduce knowledge of beliefs, topical discussions focused on moral imperatives and communal organization, and visits to religious centers of faith to better understand worship. For more information, please open the linked program: Training of the Trainers 2009

    Date: June 29 - July 3, 2009
  • Religions and Life Behind Bars

    This is a workshop for the administrators and chaplains of New York State correctional facilities. We will investigate the history, beliefs, rituals, and moral imperatives of the current prison population. The basic religious needs of the prison population, as well as those particular to certain faiths, will be reviewed through the use of contemporary pedagogical methods. This will help prepare participants to deal with interfaith conflict within their particular population.
  • Three Day Interfaith Encounter in Teaching World Religions & Cultures in Our Schools

    (Seminar Series for Social and Global Studies Teachers of Monroe County) The 3 day immersion program in March-April is for social and global studies teachers working in Monroe County school districts. Experts from major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Chinese religions) will be part of the program, in addition to visiting two places of worship.

    Date: March 30, April 6 and 27, 2009
  • Hickey Center Fourth Anniversary Celebration

    Please join us for the Hickey Center Fourth Anniversary Celebration. The Hickey Center first, second and third anniversary celebrations were enjoyed by all, and attracted many people to attend a dinner, a sacred music festival, and an evening of comedy. We extend our thanks to the planning committee for helping to organize the anniversary events.

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2009
  • Nudging Peace: Notes from a Diplomat's Diary

    This seminar on religion and contemporary issues was presented by Lois Cecsarini and examined some of the lessons of peacemaking she learned from her experiences in Angola, Rwanda, South Africa, and Israel/Palestine.

    Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2009

    Keynote Speaker: Lois Cecsarini
  • Seminar on Death and Dying in World Religions (panel discussion)
    This is a seminar held annually to address the complexities of death and dying highlighted through the critical perspective of religious traditions from around the world. Participants gain invaluable respect, wisdom, and insight into the beauty and importance held in the traditions and beliefs of a variety of world religions. Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
  • The Concept of Non-violence in Islam and Abdul-Ghaffar Khan's Khudai Khidmatgar Movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    After 9/11 the religion of Islam has been a topic of discussion among academic institutions and people in general. It has been stated by some that Islam is a religion of violence. This seminar, however, discussed key concepts from Islam's holy text, the Qur'an, relating to the practice of non-violence. Also discussed was the non-violent movement of Khudai Khidmatgar by Abdul-Ghaffar Khan taking place within Afghanistan and Pakistan, an area widely known as a place for violence. This program is part of a bi-yearly seminar in which religion experts, religious representatives of different faiths, other professionals, and their academic counterparts analyze contemporary issues in religion.

    Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeffery Halverson
  • A Seminar on Teaching and Understanding World Religions (panel discussion)

    This was a half-day workshop intended to inform teachers from both private and public schools (all grade levels) in the rituals and holidays of world religions. The needs and viewpoints of teachers involved with teaching world religions was tracked, as well as their expectations for their students. The program is vital for teachers in understanding the beliefs of a religiously diverse classroom and global community.

2008

  • Hickey Center Quarterly Book Discussion
    The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue sponsors a quarterly gathering to discuss a significant book or article dealing with world religions. Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
  • Facing Our Fears about Islam
    Presented by the Commission on Christian Muslim Relations (CCMR) and co-sponsored by the Hickey Center. This series uses a combination of videos and outside speakers to focus on the fears non-Muslims tend to have about Muslims and Islam. These fears are often triggered by the media's indiscriminate use of words and images. We will look at these words and images of see where the problems lie and to work out together ways of addressing them.  Dates: Monday evenings, 10/20, 10/27, and 11/3
  • Film Screening: The Muslims I Know
    The Muslims I Know, by Mara Ahmed, is a documentary film about Pakistani-born Muslims living in America during the post-9/11 world. Through a mix of interviews and archival footage, Ahmed's film focuses on breaking the stereotypes surrounding moderate Muslims. This film premiered at the Dryden Theatre in June to a sold out audience and has also been selected for screening at the 2009 Rochester High Falls International Film Festival. Director and editor of the film, Mara Ahmed, will be available for discussion after the screening of the film. More information on this film and Mara Ahmed can be found at the  following website: www.themuslimsiknow.com  Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008
  • Living Healthy: The Body, Mind and Soul Connection
    A seminar for nurses and health care professionals, this program is designed to help them to understand the importance of spiritual and traditional values in caring for patients.*  Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  • Hickey Center Quarterly Book Discussion
    The Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue sponsors a quarterly gathering to discuss a significant book or article dealing with world religions.   Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
  • Seminar on Religion and Contemporary Issues:
    Faith Based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide   Date: Monday, October 6, 2008 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Doug Johnston

2007

  • Workshop: Religions and Life Behind Bars
    A One Day Workshop for the Administrators and Chaplains serving the correctional facilities in New York State
    Date:
    May 2007
    Location: To be announced
    Time:
    To be announced
    A full day workshop intended for administrators and chaplains that investigates the history, beliefs, rituals, and moral imperatives of the current prison population. The basic religious needs of the prison population as well as those particular to certain faiths are reviewed through the use of contemporary pedagogical methods. This will help participants to deal with interfaith conflict within their particular population.
  • Festival: Alternative Healing and World Religions
    Date:
    April 2007
    Location: To be announced
    Time:
    To be announced
    A day long festival where healers in world faiths and cultures will be invited to reserve tables and demonstrate their experience in public. As some alternative forms of healing are receiving great attention today, this would be a great learning experience to know about various experiences of healing.
  • A Symposium on: "Rumi, Sufism, and the Heart of the Abrahamic Tradition"
    Place: Nazareth College, Forum Shults Center,
    Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
    Time: 7:00 – 9: 00 p.m.
    Presented by: Sheikh Kabir Helminski and Camille Helminski
  • A Symposium on: "Islam and the Challenge of Modernity"
    Place: Nazareth College, Forum, Shults Center,
    Date: Saturday, March 24, 2007
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Hickey Center Second Anniversary Celebration
    Date:
    March 8, 2007
    Location: Shults Center Forum/Nazareth College Arts Center
    Time:
    5:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. concert of sacred music 

2006

  • Seminar: "Do We Worship the Same God?"
    Date: November 27, 2006
    Location:
    Shults Community Center, Forum, Nazareth College
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Catholic Speaker: Deacon George Dardess
    Muslim Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Abushagur
    Moderator: Dr. Christine Bochen
    Sponsored by the Nazareth College Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Campus Ministry and the Muslim Catholic Alliance of Rochester
  • What’s happening:  A Seminar on Current Issues and Events Religion in Public Life: Where is America Heading?
    Date:
    October 25, 2006
    Location: To be announced
    Time:
    To be announced
    The program is part of a bi-yearly seminar in which representatives of the world religions and their academic counterparts analyze, from each faith tradition, issues that have arisen within the last six months. This seminar will address issues of religion and politics and the emerging rift between political right and political left and the religious right and the religious rift. What does the American future look like and where are we heading? The Hickey Center will invite pro and con speaker to address the issue. 
  • Teacher Workshops on Asian Culture
    Date:
    October 28 and November 4, 2006
    Location: To be announced
    Time:
    9:00-4:30
    The Hickey Center and Nazareth College are offering an opportunity to secondary social and global studies, literature, visual and performing arts teachers to extend their knowledge of Asia. October 28 workshop will be focused on South Asia, November 4 workshop will be focused on East Asia. Teachers are welcome to attend both sessions. 
  • Workshop: Interfaith Encounter in World Religions:Understanding Religious Beliefs, Cultures, Rituals and Holidays
    Dates:
    Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8,15, 20
    Location: Varies
    Time
    : 4:00-5:45 PM
    This five session immersion program is for social and global studies teachers working in school districts of Greater Rochester area. Experts from the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) will be part of the program along with visits to places of worship to each of the above faiths. The program is vital for teachers in understanding the beliefs of a religiously diverse classroom and global community.
  • Seminar: Understanding Rituals of Death and Dying in World Religions: A Seminar for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals
    Date: September 20, 2006
    Location: Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue,
    Rochester, NY 14610
    Time:
    5:00pm - 8:15pm
    Admission is by registration only. Please call the Hickey Center: 389-2963
    A seminar that will address the complexities of death and dying highlighted through the critical perspective of religious traditions from around the world.  Participants will gain invaluable respect, wisdom and insight into the beauty and importance held in the traditions and beliefs of a variety of world religions. Supported in part by the Joseph E. Brown Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation (Co-Sponsored by Genesee Valley Nurses Association, Pi Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Nazareth College)
  • Seminar: Development of Abrahamic Religions in the United States: Challenges and Prospects
    Date: September 7, 2006
    Location: Arts Center Room A-14
    Time:
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    A seminar designed to reflect on the impact of 9/11 on Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations and the development of the concept of Abrahamic religions. Guest speaker, Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Professor of African Studies at Howard University, will also address some new challenges and prospects in the road ahead. (Co-sponsored by Multicultural Studies of Nazareth College and Fairfax Institute, Herndon, VA)
  • Seminar: Conflict Transformation Project: Interfaith Dialogue
    Training In Conflict Resolution Skills and Interfaith Engagement
    Date
    : August 5, 2006
    Location: 9:00AM -3:00 PM
    Time: Smyth Hall
    Fifteen Evangelical Christians scholars, pastors and leaders and fifteen Muslims Imams, scholars and leaders participated in the area’s first seminar between Evangelical Christians and Muslims. Nazareth College President Daan Braveman made the opening remarks. The participants raised issues of mutual concern in a free and open atmosphere. The two communities were pleased with the outcome and agreed to continue with a series of dialogue sessions.
    Co-sponsored by the Fuller Theological Seminary at Pasadena, CA, the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, Washington D.C., the Islamic Society of North America at Indiana, and the Hickey Center.
  • Workshop: The Next Generation: Living Together in a Religiously Pluralistic Society
    Date: August 25-27, 2006
    Location: See flyer for more information
    Time: See flyer for more information
    Students will participate in a weekend workshop designed to educate and inform young people about religious traditions from around the world, focusing on the importance of interfaith knowledge in a religiously pluralistic society. The program allows for visits to religious places of worship and student participation in social and cultural exchange. 
  • Workshop: Training the Trainers: Understanding World Religions and Interfaith Relations
    Date: June 12-16, 2006
    Location: Smyth Hall, Room 146
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. each day
    This is a week-long summer workshop designed for professionals, business people, religious leaders and social workers to become familiar with the practice and faith of the religious traditions of the world. The program will feature activities created to introduce knowledge of beliefs, topical discussions focused on moral imperatives and communal organization, and visits to religious centers of faith to understand worship. Registration fee: $119, dinner included.

    Read a participant's response to the event here, published as a letter to the editor of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • Workshop:Religions and Life Behind Bars
    Date: May 31, 2006
    Location:
    Shults Center, International Room
    Time: 11:00 a.m.
    This is a one day workshop for administrators and chaplains serving in the correctional facilities in New York State who investigate the history, beliefs, rituals, and moral imperatives of the current prison population. The basic religious needs of the prison population, as well as those particular to certain faiths, will be reviewed through the use of contemporary pedagogical methods in order to help participants deal with issues surrounding their particular population. 
  • Presentation: A Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay: His Story of Imprisonment and Intolerance
    Date: April 4, 2006
    James Yee, the former Muslim Army Chaplain at Guantanamo speaks out about imprisonment. At Guantanamo Bay he led prayer services, ministered to detainees, and struck up friendships with the small group of Muslims working on the base. He speaks out about his experiences of intolerance after he spent 76 days in a naval prison from being falsely accused of spying and aiding alleged Al-Qaeda prisoners being held at Guantanamo after 9/11.
  • First Anniversary of the Hickey Center Celebratory Dinner
    Date: March 27, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    This event includes a fundraising dinner in order to commemorate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue. The dinner will also offer an opportunity to meet and recognize other individuals of the Rochester and surrounding community and to celebrate the efforts to increase awareness of a religiously pluralistic world. 
  • Interfaith Dinner
    Date: March 27, 2006
    Location: Shults Center Forum
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Reservations: $30/ person, $250/ table of 10
    *Those who attend dinner will have reserved seats for the following performance
  • Sacred Music Performance of World Religions
    Date: March 27, 2006
    Location: Arts Center
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    *Performance is free
  • Seminar: Religion and Ethics, Addressing Issues of Religion and Medical Ethics
    Date: February 27, 2006, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    This is a seminar intended to address the intricate issues surrounding matters of faith and bio-medical ethics. The program will focus on the reaction of world religions to the world of science and applying matters of belief to the increase in medical technology.

  • Workshop: Teaching and Understanding Beliefs and Practices of World Religions (For Social Studies/Global Studies Teachers)
    Date: March 13, 2006
    This half-day workshop is intended to inform teachers from both private and public schools (all grade levels) on the beliefs and practices of world religions. The needs and viewpoints of the teachers will be considered, as well as their expectations for their students. The program is vital for teachers in understanding the beliefs of a religiously diverse classroom and global community.

2005

  • Anniversary of Nostra Aetate Luncheon Discussion
    Location: Medaille Dining Room, Nazareth College
    Date: December 7, 2005, at 12:00 Noon
    Co-sponsors: The Jewish Community Federation of Rochester, Catholic Diocese of Rochester, and William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies
    Featuring: Bishop Matthew Clark, Dr. Joseph Kelly, Rabbi Alan Katz, Dr. Aly Nahas, and Father Joseph Brennan
    This luncheon discussion celebrates the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate and its impact on interfaith dialogue in Rochester, New York. About 50 well known religious leaders will be participating in the discussion, including the Nazareth College President and the Catholic Diocese Bishop.
  • Workshop: World Religions: Holidays and Rituals (For Social Studies/Global Studies Teachers)
    Location: Otto Shults Community Center, Forum, Nazareth College
    Date: December 5, 2005, from 4:00 to 5:45 p.m.
    This half-day workshop is intended to inform teachers from both private and public schools (all grade levels) on the rituals and holidays of world religions. The needs and viewpoints of the teachers will be considered, as well as their expectations for their students. The program is vital for teachers in understanding the beliefs of a religiously diverse classroom and global community.
  • Seminar: On Religion and Current Issues in Medical Ethics
    Location: Otto Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College
    Date: November 7, 2005 at 7 p.m.
    Featuring: Dr. Thomas Donlin-Smith and Dr. Matthew J. Temple, O. Carm.
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Campus Ministry and the Department of Religious Studies
    This program is part of a bi-yearly seminar in which representatives of the world religions and their academic counterparts analyze issues that have arisen within the last six months from each faith and tradition. The seminar is designed to stimulate understanding and dialogue between different faith traditions within the scope of current events. This seminar is free and open to the public.

  • Seminar and Workshop: Healing the Whole Person: Religious Perspectives on Healthcare
    Location: The Linehan Interfaith Chapel, Golisano Academic Center.
    Date: September 28, 2005, from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (NOTE: For those who registered, there will be a light supper at 5:15 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Community Room, Golisano Academic Center.)
    Co-sponsor: The Pi Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
    This seminar and workshop is dedicated to the examination of the spiritual dimension of the body-mind connection and the particular religious needs of those involved in the health care system. Speakers from different world religions will present a brief overview on the subject. Registration is $10.00 for students and $20.00 for the public.
    Presenters include: Dr. Nathan Kollar: Essentials of the body, mind and soul relationship; Frank Howard: The Buddhist perspective; V.V. Raman: Healing the whole person in Hinduism; Dr. Bilal Ahmad: Healing the whole person in Islam; Rabbi Laurence Skopitz: The Jewish perspective on healing; Dr. Susan Novak: The Christian perspective on healing.
  • Seminar: Religious Perspective on Healing and Hope
    Location: Otto Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College
    Date: September 11, 2005, at 3 p.m.
    This seminar is designed to reflect upon the impact of violence and the need for healing and hope. The program will include interfaith prayers followed by a lecture on the religious perspective of healing and hope. The guest speaker is Dr. Olle Jane Z. Sahler, M.D. from the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Hospital in Rochester, NY.

  • Seminar: Understanding Rituals of Death and Dying in World Religions: For Nurses and Volunteers Working in the Hospice
    Location: Otto Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College
    Date: September 21, 2005, Registration/refreshments at 6 p.m., Seminar begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Co-Sponsor: St. John's Home
    This seminar addresses the complexity of thought and belief within the issues of death and dying, highlighted through the critical perspective of religious traditions from around the world. Participants will gain invaluable respect, wisdom and insight into the beauty and importance held within the traditions and beliefs of a variety of world religions.
  • Seminar: Faith Based Initiatives: Religion and State Issues
    Location:
    Nazareth College Arts Center, A-183
    Date: April 4, 2005 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Co-sponsors
    : The Nazareth College Departments of Religious Studies and Campus Ministry, and ACLU of Rochester and Genesee Valley
    Speakers: - Mel Walczak, manager of the Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives of Monroe County, New York. Walczak holds a master of divinity degree from St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester. He is a former priest, serving within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, and is presently directing outreach to the faith based community in general. Walczak also serves as the liaison for local county government to both faith based and community organizations. He will be speaking on the pro-aspect of the faith based initiatives.
    - Rev. Alan Newton, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region since June 1, 2002. He has a master of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained in the American Baptist church in 1979. Newton is also the current chair of the Interfaith Forum of the Rochester Area. He believes in religious liberty by keeping church and state separate as a mission ordained by God. He will be speaking on the con-aspect of the faith based initiatives.

  • One-Day Certificate Program: Understanding World Religions and Building Interfaith Relations
    Location: Otto Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College
    Date: March 14, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Co-Sponsors: The Catholic Diocese of Rochester and the Nazareth College Departments of Religious Studies and Campus Ministry
    This program was designed to assist administrators and chaplains of New York State Correctional Facilities as they build interfaith relations and create richer spiritual environments for the communities they serve. Attendees will be addressed by experts in a variety of world religions.
  • Seminar: Placing the Commandments in Public Places: State and Religious Issues
    Location:Otto Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College Date: March 1, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
    Co-Sponsors: The ACLU and the Nazareth College Departments of Religious Studies and Campus Ministry
    The issue of whether or not the biblical Ten Commandments should be posted in public places is going up for debate before the US Supreme Court, and this seminar is designed to educate the community on the many viewpoints of this question concerning state, religion and the First Amendment. Speakers include: Scott Brenon Caton, Ph.D., Professor of History at Roberts Wesleyan College, will speak on the beneficial aspects of placing the Commandments in public places. Mark D. Hosken, ESQ, Assistant Federal Defender, WDNY, will speak on the negative impact of of placing the Commandments in public places.
  • The Inauguration for the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
    Date: February 1, 2005
    The Inauguration included a press conference in the Golisano Academic Center, and an evening lecture featuring Dr. William Grassi of the Metanexus Institute on the topic of “Universal Reason: Science, Religion and the Foundation of Civil Societies.” The Metanexus Institute is a leading organization in the growing dialogue between the religious and scientific communities that explores the intersections between these different modes of intellectual inquiry and pursuit.
  • September 11 Commemorations: The Hickey Center has held annual memorial programs and informal seminars to commemorate the tragedy of September 11. Past commemorations have been held at the George Eastman House and at Nazareth College with themes such as “Did 9/11 Change Our Religions? An Interfaith Dialogue.” Each commemoration addresses a new, challenging topic pertinent to current events in the area of inter-religious dialogue.
  • Teaching and Learning about World Religions: The Hickey Center continues to sponsor an ongoing series of intensive educational workshops for local area teachers in geography, social and global studies, humanities and other related disciplines. Teachers from the Brighton, Rochester, and Pittsford school districts have participated, exploring diverse topics such as “Rituals and Festival Celebrations." Educators wishing to arrange such a program should contact the Hickey Center’s executive director and/or a board member regarding their interest.
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