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A Lutheran Approach to Interfaith Neighborliness
Presentation by Martha E. Stortz, Ph.D.
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg University, will speak on “A Lutheran Approach to Interfaith Neighborliness” at 12:00 p.m., Nov. 6 at the University of St. Thomas in the Iversen Hearth room, third floor of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus.

“Questions of identity often get conflated with facts of privilege. For those in a dominant Christian culture, interfaith work is a necessity not a choice. Yet sometimes for those in the dominant culture, interfaith work is seen to threaten ‘identity.’”

This presentation will focus on “how one Christian tradition attempts to distinguish between identity and privilege with the help of a biblical figure, the Good Samaritan,” observes Stortz as a result of over three decades of studying and teaching about Lutheran practice in the world.

Free and open to the public, this session is part of a year-long series of on Encountering Religious and Cultural Traditions: A Series Fostering Religious Literacy and Interreligious Understanding sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas. While this session, cosponsored by the Theology Department at UST, focuses on Lutheran Interfaith Neighborliness, other sessions in the series focus on the locally lived traditions of Hmong spirituality, Practicing Zen Buddhism in Minnesota, Islam in the suburbs, Sikhism in America, and a Jewish perspective of Christian privilege. In this session, Dr. Martha E. Stortz will discuss why interfaith work and neighborliness is not a luxury but a necessity for Lutherans in their approach to other religious traditions. More information >