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Jesuit talks looking at role of religion in world conflict resolution

While popular perceptions suggest religion as the cause of renewed tensions between nations, a series of talks beginning this week will argue that religion is the necessary basis of the promotion of world peace.

"Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General said as much when he noted that without the collaboration of religions, peace was probably impossible," said Director of Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre Sr Patty Fawkner.

Uniya and Eureka Street magazine are sponsoring a series of talks titled Muslims and Christians: Where do we all stand?, touring capital cities for two weeks from tonight.

Professor Abdullah Saeed of the University of Melbourne and Rome-based Australian Jesuit Islamic scholar Fr Dan Madigan will speak about historical, political and theological issues as background to the present day situation between Muslims and Christians.

Jesuit human rights lawyer Fr Frank Brennan will engage Fr Madigan and Professor Saeed in further discussion after their keynote addresses.

The first session takes place at 7:30 tonight in City Hall, Brisbane. The speakers will travel to Sydney (tomorrow), Canberra (Thursday), Melbourne (28 July), Adelaide (29 July), Western Sydney (30 July), and Perth (1 August).

Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre

Jesuit Seminar Series 2003 (brochure, PDF)
Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre
Eureka Street
Associate Professor Abdullah SAEED (Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies, University of Melbourne)
Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures (Gregorian University, Rome)
Inter-religious dialogue in Rome (ABC Radio Religion Report)

15 Jul 2003