Notre Dame College Presents Conversations on Sacred Texts, Lenten Scriptures

Notre Dame College continues to educate in peace and understanding with a spring series of community conversations on the Torah, the Gospels and the Qur’an.

The College also is hosting a series of women’s reflections on upcoming Gospel readings and a Lenten Evening of Worship.

Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center presents three panel discussions of “Ultimate Questions–Sacred Texts” on Thursdays, March 16, March 30 and April 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Great Room on third floor of the Administration Building on the Notre Dame campus.

The College hosts “Women and the Word presents Praying the Scriptures of Lent,” on Wednesdays, March 15, 22 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Regina Chapel. The series is cosponsored by Ursuline College.

The first session on praying the Scriptures from a woman's perspective features Sister Mary Ann Flannery, former director of the Jesuit Retreat House, who will provide a reflection, readings and song.

The Ultimate Questions afternoons will consider the age-old questions in light of the sacred texts. Panelists include Rabbi Susan Berman Stone, director of spiritual care at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio; Father Thomas Chillikulam, SJ, parochial vicar at Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio; Murat Gurer, director of the Niagara Foundation of Cleveland; and Salma Ahmed, a Licensed Professional Counselor. The audience is invited to interact with the panelists after they address these questions from the perspective of their related sacred texts—the Torah, the Gospels and the Qur’an.

Questions about Sacred Texts expected to be discussed include, Who is God? Does God care for us as individuals? Why do bad things happen to good people? What is prayer? Is there an afterlife? Why do people pray? What is the meaning of my life? Who made the world? What is the place of women in your tradition? Is God forgiving? Are we responsible only for ourselves or for others, too? How do I find happiness, peace, hope? What does it mean to be wise?

Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center develops educational programs for the College and the Greater Cleveland community fostering mutual respect among all peoples, and celebrating religious, racial and cultural diversity. The Center honors Abraham’s status as patriarch of the three monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam; paragon of hospitality and welcoming the “Other;" and prophet of social justice and peace.

The initiative is a direct outgrowth of the work of Notre Dame’s Tolerance Resource Center, which has provided opportunities for research, outreach and education on the Holocaust, anti-bias issues and diversity for nearly 15 years. 

March 2017

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Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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