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College to Host Sustained Interfaith Dialogue on Wealth Distribution and Economic Privilege
10.17.13 |
The second of six interfaith dialogues for the 2013-2014 academic year will be held in Miller Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. The discussion will focus on the topic of wealth distribution and economic privilege in the United States. How are various faith traditions being impacted by the growing gap between the "haves" and "have nots"? Lebanon Valley College's Offices of Spiritual Life and Multicultural Affairs, as well as its Department of Religion & Philosophy, will sponsor the events.

"Frequent mention is made in the media of a widening gap between people with ample financial resources and those who struggle financially...the disappearance of the middle class," said Rev. Paul Fullmer, chaplain at Lebanon Valley College, and a key coordinator of the event. "If so, is there an impact on the global faith traditions? How are they responding? How might we respond globally? We plan to consider the matter together."

Each dialogue involves a panel of six religiously active members of the community who represent different faiths and approaches to life. At the event, Dr. Matt Sayers, assistant professor of religion at LVC, will ask each panelist questions and give them a chance to reply and respond to other's answers. Sayers will then open the discussion to students and community members in attendance. Panelists at the dialogue on wealth distribution and economic privilege will include Rabbi Paula Reimers of Congregation Beth Israel, Jay Deshpande from the Hindu community, Father Job Foote of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Irshad Jaffri from Lebanon Valley Mosque, Rev. Shellie Sterner from the United Methodist Church, and Shosu Geoff Dunaway from Blue Mountain Lotus Society.

Sustained Dialogues are conducted at colleges and universities across the U.S. The dialogues at LVC are designed to enhance religious literacy and further the mission of the College "to enable our students to become people of broad vision" and "to enhance their sensitivity to and appreciation of differences among human beings." More information about Sustained Dialogues can be found at

A simple pizza lunch will be offered at the event, which is free and open to the public. To register, call 717-867-6135 or email

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