Jewish Studies To Hold Sept. 11 Lecture, Remembrance Service

Sept. 4, 2002

Baylor University's Center for American and Jewish Studies will hold two events in observance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Rev. Charles Curran, a Roman Catholic priest and prominent scholar of the social and ethical dimensions of Roman Catholic life, will deliver a lecture in the afternoon, with a remembrance service for the victims of Sept. 11 attacks taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

"The tragedy that occurred on Sept. 11 lives on in our memories and in our hearts," said Dr. Marc Ellis, University Professor and director of the Center. "We gather to remember but also to rededicate our lives to ending the cycle of violence and atrocity. As people of faith we also gather to celebrate life as it has been and could be again. In this way Sept. 11th becomes a memory and a hope that never again will the innocent be sacrificed for justice or revenge."

Curran will lecture on "September 11th: One Year After the Just War and the Catholic Tradition" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Research Center at the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies in Carroll Library. Curran, who serves as the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University, is the author of numerous books, including Catholic Social Teaching 1891-Present: A Historical, Theological and Ethical Analysis. Additionally, he has served as president of the American Theological Society, the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

The remembrance service will be held in the Paul and Katy Piper Great Hall at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary and will feature speakers from various religious traditions.

Dr. Hulitt Gloer, professor of preaching and Christian scriptures at the seminary, will preside at the remembrance service. Other participants include Rabbi Paula Reimers, vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Southwest Region; Imam Rashied Omar, a South African Islamic religious leader and coordinator of the Research Initiative on the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict and the Project on Religion, Conflict and Peace-building at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and the Rev. Dr. Charles Curran, an ordained Roman Catholic priest and the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University.

Other guest speakers include the Rev. Desmond Hoffmeister, dean of community life and director of the Global Prophetic Network at the American Baptist Seminary of the West; and Ms. Mehnaz Afridi, a Muslim who teaches at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Space is limited, and reservations are required to attend the events. For more information, contact the Center for American and Jewish Studies at 710-1510.

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