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1 Parliament of World’s Religions December 3-9, 2009 Melbourne, Australia Information for SCU community on possibilities for participation Philip Boo Riley, Religious Studies [4/12/09]Aimee Moiso, Campus Ministry

2 PWR and SCU Presentation Purpose and Outline This presentation is about the 2009 Parliament of World’s Religions meeting in Melbourne, and how students, faculty and staff at Santa Clara University can get involved. Four questions are addressed: –Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament? –How can I get involved? –When can I get involved –where can I get more information? Heads up for Students: –The next information session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 4:30 in the Campus Ministry Conference Room –Student application deadline is Monday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.

3 WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament?

4 WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament? Wilfred Cantwell Smith: study world’s religious through encounters with religious persons

5 Globalization Narratives –Friedman experience the flattening (religion) world –WPR part of effort to weave a counter narrative to Clash of Civilizations Interfaith Youth Core visit to SCU the 'peace line' in west Belfast. messages that have written on the wall by visiting tourists WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament?

6 Globalization: Check out the Video “invitation” from the Youth Committee RESOURCES/video/youth invitation Global At the parliament you will meet peers from communities around the world. Over 11,000 people are expected in Melbourne.

7 WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament? SCU Delegation Part of Silicon Valley Network of Interfaith organizations h.orgwww.southbayinterfait h.org Local/Glocalization Leading up to the parliament you will make connections to Silicon Valley organizations and congregations, many of whom have ties to centers and communities around the globe.

8 WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament? Glocalization Example SCU Delegation is linked to Silicon Valley Interfaith Group pursuing “partner city” affiliation with WPR. What is value-added of interfaith to religion’s participation in civic life of a region? Will participation in PWR—the network and the 2009 Conference—affect interfaith networks here in Silicon Valley? Does the Valley have a global religious landscape that parallels its global economy?

9 WPR and SCU Why should/might I be interested in the Parliament? SCU learning outcomes “to educate the whole person of solidarity in the real world” –(former) Superior General of Jesuits, Hans Peter Kolvenbach, S.J., who introduced this phrase at SCU in “Jesuit universities should promote religious diversity and dialogue in an authentically religious way.” –Frank Clooney, S.J., “Goddess in the Classroom: Is the Promotion of Religious Diversity a Dangerous Idea?” articles/goddess_in_classroom.html articles/goddess_in_classroom.html

10 WPR and SCU How can I get involved?

11 WPR and SCU How can I get involved? Go there as part of the SCU Delegation –Students: complete and submit application Available March 12, 2009 (www.scu.edu/XXXXwww.scu.edu/ Due April 13 –Faculty and Staff Contact Aimee Moiso or Philip Boo Riley Participate in pre/post trip campus and community activities –Help w/ grant writing and fundraising –Help with courses and events –TBD

12 Some Details ( that are challenging ) Estimated Cost: $4,000 (all expenses, including airfare) –SCU delegation will explore options for fundraising Parliament coincides with Fall Quarter 2009 last week of classes and exams –SCU administration will support students to make arrangements Time Line Spring Quarter 2009: preliminary planning Fall Quarter 2009: pre conference preparations Winter Quarter 2010: post conference activity WPR and SCU How can I get involved?

13 Students: Options for Academic Credit Religious studies courses that meet Core requirements (levels 2 or 3) –Fall Quarter Class –Independent Study –Practicuum Focus on time at the Parliament Possibilities for undergraduate research with faculty and staff in local or global communities SCU Delegation Blog on the Experience Interfaith Youth Core TBD WPR and SCU How can I get involved?

14 Information Sessions 2/24/09, Prof. Hinga’s RSOC 170 Class, Kenna 109 3/12/09, SCU Interfaith Council, Campus Ministry Conference Room 4/7/09, Religious Studies Students and interested parties, Campus Ministry Conference Room

15 WPR and SCU When can I get involved?

16 WPR and SCU When can I get involved? April –4/7 Information session –4/13 Student Application Due –4/17 SCU Delegation Students Announced May-June –Preliminary planning, fundraising, networking –Register for Parliament, Travel Arrangements September-December –Trip Preparation –Academic Options

17 Further Information? WPR website SCU websites –Interfaith Council –Religious Studies Department Contact –Rev. Aimee Moiso, Campus Ministry –Prof. Philip Boo Riley, Religious Studies


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