Honors College Will Host Panel on Worldwide Religious PersecutionOct. 3, 2014
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 3, 2014) – The Baylor Honors College will host a panel to discuss worldwide religious persecution at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Alexander Reading Room.
Panelists include Rabbi Gordon Fuller of Waco’s Agudath Jacob Synagogue, Father Timothy Vaverek of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gatesville, Texas, and Anne Zaki, from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt.
Research shows that 200 million Christians worldwide face some form of religious persecution, and in some countries like Iraq and Syria, Christians have been decimated.
“If the panel succeeds in even a small way, it will inform us of facts that no thoughtful citizen should neglect,” said Douglas Henry, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy in the Honors College.
“More ambitiously, the panel promises to form our hearts and minds so we understand with humility, respond with compassion and advocate on behalf of the despairing and the dying.”
“Most difficult of all, it may give us a sense of what it means in our time ‘to love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.’”
Baylor University has had longstanding relationships with Fuller and Timothy, and Henry called Zaki a “new friend.” She will be visiting campus to speak in university chapel on Wednesday, and he said the timing was just right to include her on the panel as well.
“Our panelists are bound to challenge the ease with which we fall into apathy, self-preoccupation and neglect of others whose needs are dire. We need to be reminded of the difficult realities that many face,” Henry said.
David Garland, interim provost of Baylor University, will moderate the discussion. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr will give special remarks.
Alexander Reading Room is located in Alexander Hall on the Baylor campus, 1413 S. Seventh St. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, call Petra Carey in the Honors College at (254) 710-1523.
by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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