Eastern's Campus Ministry and the Hoboken, NJ-based Peace Islands Institute hosted a panel discussion on Nov. 28 in the Science Building that addressed the traditional faith tradition of Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims. Titled "Beginning to Talk: Jews, Christians and Muslims Together," the panel featured the Campus Ministry's Rev. Laurence LaPointe; David Stoloff, professor of education and director of Eastern's Center for Educational Excellence; Rev. Walter Wagner, adjunct professor of church history, New Testament, and world religions at Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian College, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; and Neset Ulusa, who is in the Islamic Chaplaincy Graduate Certificate Program of the Hartford Seminary, and is the Muslim Chaplain intern at Eastern.
The discussion used a tool for interfaith dialogue, "Dialogue Decalogue," designed by Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University and founder/president of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church. "Dialogue Decalogue" sets out 10 commandments to use to foster understanding between people of differing religious faiths as well as other philosophical beliefs. Commandment One is "the primary purpose is to learn something about yourself and the others with whom you are talking." In that spirit, each panelist spoke about their own tradition and how their religion, or how they personally, approach ways to find understanding.