Dr. John Switzer to speak at Christus lecture Sept. 27

Mon, 09/10/2007 (All day)

MOBILE — Spring Hill College’s Christus Lecture Series will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the college campus. Dr. John Switzer, assistant professor of theology at Spring Hill College, will present “Strangers No More: The Pedagogy of Inter-religious Hospitality.” The lecture, co-sponsored by the Mobile Jewish-Christian Dialogue, is free for Christus members and $2 for guests.

While religious diversity is as old as humanity itself, some argue that its immediacy makes it a new experience for those of us in the West. Religious identity need not be threatened by this reality; to the contrary, the experience of religious otherness can serve as a powerful tool for deepening one's own particular faith. If it ever was, it is no longer acceptable – or wise – for religious educators to teach about their tradition alone.
 
Switzer completed his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in theology and education at Boston College in 2006. His primary areas of interest include historical and comparative theology. In addition to his doctorate, John holds degrees from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La.; the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy; and Loyola University of New Orleans. He has written articles on pastoral and theological issues for several national publications, and has two articles to appear this fall in The Encyclopedia of Love in the World Religions. He and his wife, Patsy, live in Ocean Springs, Miss.
 
Use the Old Shell Road college entrance and follow the signs. For more information or to become a Christus member, call the Spring Hill College Division of Philosophy and Theology at (251) 380-4660 or e-mail christus@shc.edu.