Tuesday, August 31. Seminars & Lectures
A workshop discussion of the possibilities of outreach and social service, based on a project for the benefit of the needy, implemented by the Paschima Kasi Sri Viswanatha Temple, in Flint, Michigan. Hanuman Marur professional engineer, social worker; President,
Bharatiya Temple, Flint, Michigan; dedicates all his work to Swami Vivekananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Dayananda, Swami Balagangadharanatha and other great spiritual masters of the Hindu and other faiths, was responsible for building a hospital and school in his home town in India, actively promotes social service projects in India and the U.S.
think and act in a morally responsible way towards all people in a religiously and culturally diverse world. Irene J. Taafaki currently professor at Cambridge College, where she teach
es courses on diversity in Education; co-founder of Amherst Educational Consultants; author, Thoughts, Education for Peace and One World.
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Parlor F "The Spiritual Body" Al Huang This presentation will explore Joseph Campbell's view of the role of movement and dance in spiritual life.
Al Huang--Tai Chi master; author of Thinking Body, Dancing Mind. 2:00 PM–3:30 PM Parlor G "Congress of the Spirit for the Americas: A Contribution to a New Spiritual World Order" Elizabeth Espersen; Dr. Robert Muller This presentation invites participants to learn about the "Vision for the Americas," to be presented to the United Nations in 1995 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; The Center for World Thanksgiving conceived the idea of people of the Americas asking guidance of the spirit in seeking a vision for the next 500 years; ceremony, discussion, invitation to participate and contribute. Elizabeth Espersen-Executive Director, Thanks-Giving Square,
Dallas, Texas, national and international programs; Co-Chair of North American Interfaith Network: leader in interfaith work for more that 20 years. Dr. Robert Muller-Chancellor for the United Nations University for
Peace; honorary chair, Congress of the Spirit for the Americas.
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Sandburg Wing #2 "Enriching Family Life Through Interfaith Dialogue" Rev. Nelkupa V. John "It takes a whole village to raise a child" (African proverb). This presentation will explore the therapeutic insights of the world's religions with respect to marital and family therapies. How to incorporate ultimate concerns into life-cycle theories and practices (e.g., Erikson, Capps). Rev. Nelkupa V. John-Founder-Director, Community Wholistic
Growth Center 2:00 PM–3:00 PM Sandburg Wing #3 "The Ontological Foundation of Gender Equality" Prof. Robert B. McLaren Inequality between the sexes has persisted during the long centuries of recorded history, reinforced by the major religious traditions, and by political and legal structures. From a careful examination of scripture from the various traditions, the suggestion emerges of an original equality between the sexes based on the intent of the Creator; that in every major culture, concepts of justice contain inherent assumptions about the equal rights of men and women. Prof. Robert B. McLaren-School of Human Development and
Community Service, California State University, Fullerton, California
2:00 PM–3:30 PM PDR #5 "Contributions of Religious and Spiritual Traditions to a Global Culture of Peace" Linda Groff; Paul Smoker This experiential workshop considers esoteric and exoteric forms of religions as these relate to inner, mystical experience (with parallels to new scientific paradigms) and to outer learned behavior ( with principles of intercultural communication to help people in valuing diversity). Also explored will be the relationship of these forms to inner and outer concepts of peace.
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Sandburg Wing #4 "Religion and the Arts: An Alliance for Peace and Justice" Cliff Joseph This paper calls for a global alliance of Religion and the Arts, the two most visionary, prophetic and spiritual powers on the planet. These two powers represent a counter-force to evil, and can inspire and empower us to work more effectively in our struggle to achieve lasting peace and justice. Cliff Joseph-visual artist, art psychotherapist, and community
activist; has taught drawing and painting in adult and adolescent programs for the New York City Board of Education; has also given lectures, workshops, and demonstrations at cultural, educational, and religious institutions nationwide, and exhibits his paintings and drawings nationally and internationally, co-author of Murals of the Mind: Image of a Psychiatric Community.
2:00 PM–4:00 PM Pool Promenade "Yoga: Here and Now" Suddha Weixler A demonstration of Yoga poses in flow will be followed by a workshop exploring the interdependence of body, breath and mind. Breath awareness and deep relaxation are introduced for their rejuvenating effect. Suddha Weixler-Director of the N.U. Yoga Center of Chicago; head
Instructor of Hatha Yoga at the University of Chicago, and a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Sandburg Wing #1 "A Pedagogy for Moral and Spiritual Education" Irene ). Taafaki The workshop will present a set of beliefs, theoretical assumptions, and pedagogical applications regarding the moral and spiritual education of children. This will include a discussion of classroom social relations, and the curriculum content and instructional methodologies appropriate to teaching children to
2:00 PM 2:45 PM Sandburg Wing #5 "The Role of Women in Ancient and Modern Synthesis" Dr. Vasant E. Merchant; Sakunthla Gangadharam Pattisapu In the Vedas, the woman has been called Usha--the Dawn-the bringer of sun shine and light in the universe. Because of their natural intimacy with life itself, women must continue to give birth to a better kind of world on the psychological and practical levels by enriching, nurturing and inspiring the society. Dr. Vasant E. Merchant-consultant and researcher, adjunct professor
of Humanities and Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff; editor and publisher of International Journal of Humanities and Peace and former Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, World Peace University; has published extensively on com.
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