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October 22, 2017
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Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives present Indigenous-Islamic dialogue on water

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Dec 9/16

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives present Circle of Dialogue: Indigenous and Islamic Perspectives on Water. The public event takes place Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

For the first time in the series, which is hosted twice-yearly at the seminary, the dialogue will include a speaker sharing a Muslim perspective.

“This dialogue is an opportunity to hear perspectives on one of the world’s critical environmental issues, water, from two very different cultural views,” says Jean Becker, Laurier senior advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives.

Allen Jorgenson, professor of systematic theology at the seminary and one of the event co-ordinators, says the series has traditionally involved a Christian as a dialogue partner but organizers invited a Muslim speaker because the health of creation requires that everyone has a voice at the table. 

“It seems that now is a ripe time for attending to the voice of those with another perspective,” says Jorgenson. “We look forward to the rich exchange of ideas.”

During the Circle of Dialogue on Dec. 12, speakers will include Sheri Longboat, assistant professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph; and Hind Al-Abadleh, associate professor of chemistry at Laurier.

The event is free and no registration is required. For details contact Dorinda Kruger Allen, the seminary’s events co-ordinator, at or 519.884.0710 x3241.

For media inquiries, contact Mirko Petricevic, the seminary’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, at or 519.884.0710 x2162.


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