Interfaith dialogue on religion and violence

Columbus State University, Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry and St. Thomas Episcopal Church are co-sponsoring an interfaith dialogue on religion and violence, Jan. 21-23, with broadcasts from the Trinity Institute in New York.

The dialogue will occur in several parts, but participants do not have to attend all of them. All gatherings are free of charge. Pre-registration is not required.

The first event is an Evensong at St. Thomas (All Saints Hall) featuring a broadcast of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church, beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

The first of four lectures by internationally renowned scholars is 9-11 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Center for International Education, CSU (4225 University Ave.) James A. Cone, who Black Liberation theologian who teaches at Union Seminary in New York, will kick off the simulcast series.

The second lecture will be 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22, featuring Susannah Heschel, who holds the Eli Black Chair on Jewish Studies at Dartmouth University. She is the editor of "On Being a Jewish Feminist," among other works.

The third lecture is 9-11 a.m. Jan. 23. James Carroll, a former Roman Catholic priest, is a bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. He is a columnist for the Boston Globe.

And the fourth and final lecture is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 23, featuring Tariq Ramadan, a senior research fellow at St. Anthon's College (Oxford University), Doshisha University (Japan) and at the Lokahi Foundation (London). Ramadan speaks on the future of Islam in a pluralistic society.

All of the lectures are at the CSU International Center.

The speakers will address root causes of violence in their respective traditions.

For more information, call 706-324-4264 or e-mail stthomascols@aol.com. For more information about the Trinity Institute: www.trinitywallstreet.org.