Spring Semester 2012


  1. “A Conversation on the Binding of Abraham’s Son”


Presenters: Chaplain Jon Huggins

                   Dr. Stephen Bell, Professor of Psychology

                   Dr. Nadeem Hamid, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer


A discussion of scriptural reasoning on the binding of Abrahan’s son from the standpoint

            of the Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


Tuesday, February 27, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Center


  1. “Christian Missions and Interfaith Dialogue”


Presenters: Dr. Rob Nash, Director of International Missions for the Cooperative

                        Baptist Fellowship

                   Dr. Jim Watkins, Associate Professor of English and faculty advisor for

                        the Berry College student Uniterian-Universalist Society

                   Dr. Dara Wakefield, Green Professor of Christian Education and former

                        Southern Baptist missionary to South Korea

Student Panelists: Jesse Burnette, Sociology and Anthropology Major

                              Hannah Gunnin, Sociology and Anthropology Major

                              Kiersten Hammock, Psychology Major

                              Tim Medearis, Sociology and Anthropology major


A discussion of the extent to which Christian missions should be revised to accommodate

            Interfaith dialogue.


Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium


  1. “Seventh Annual Berry College World Music and Dance Festival”


Music and dance groups, featuring the Kirtan Bandits (Indian Fusion), Marabai

(Middle Eastern Dance), Disarmed (Alternative Rock), and Ogya (Tribal).


Saturday March 31, 2012, 1:00-6:00 p.m. on the Library lawn.

            A program organized and hosted by Dr. Jeff Lidke, Associate Professor

            of religion.


  1. “Idols and Icons: on Atheism, Science, and Religious Belief”


Presenter: Dr. Paul Wallace, former Associate Professor of Physics, Berry College,

            currently teaching Physics at Agnes Scott College


Panelists: Dr. Michael Bailey, Associate Professor of Government

                 Dr. Jeff Lidke, Associate Professor of Religion

                 Dr. Michael Papazian, Professor of Philosophy

                 Dr. Todd Timberlake, Associate Professor of Physics


A discussion renewed theological interest in Apophatic Theology (the

            via negativa of the Catholic and Orthodox traditions).


Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium

            Jointly sponsored with the Department of Religion and Philosophy


  1. “Classical Indian Music Concert”


Presenters: International performing artist Paul Livingstone (sitarist)

                   Master teacher, scholar, and performer Pandit Hom Nath Upadhyaya

                        (Tabla musician)


Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m., in the Interfaith Center.

            Jointly sponsored with the Department of Religion and Philosophy

Fall semester 2012


“Being Sick as vocation: Living with Cancer”


Presenter: Dr. Donald Musser, Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus,

      Stetson University


Reflections on the correlation of faith commitments with his life-long

      Battle against lymphoma.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 7:30 in Evans Auditorium


“Kirtan, with Bhakti Messenger Concert”

A Kirtan Band providing music based  on ancient Hindu chants.

Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Interfaith Center

      Jointly sponsored with the Office of Multicultural and International

      Student Programs and RISE