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University celebrates Religious Awareness Week

Georgia Southern University will celebrate Religious Awareness Week Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26. ‘Religious awareness events give the University community the opportunity to share and learn about religious beliefs within our community, as well as the world around us,” Consuela Ward-Pender, director of the Multicultural Student Center, said.

The schedule of events includes the following:

Monday, Jan. 22

  •  Religious Fair in the Commons. Russell Union Commons, 11 a.m.
  •  Panel discussion: ‘Hot Topics and Hot Wings.” Panel representatives from various highly recognized religions will engage audience participants in discussing a variety of contemporary ‘hot topics” while enjoying hot wings. Russell Union Room 2048, noon.
  •  Discussion: ‘What Does Faith Have To Do With It?” Participants will discuss aspects of faith and science in both evolution and intelligent design. Johnson Hall, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

  •  Discussion: ‘Free Will and Free Pizza.” Leaders of three faith traditions will give their perspectives on the question of free will and sovereignty and the implications for living an authentic faith. Russell Union Room 2044, 12:30 p.m.
  •  ‘Marriage: The Sacred Connection” explores a Jewish understanding of the special place of marriage in connection to God. Russell Union Room 2044, 2 p.m.
  • ‘Trinity Trouble”takes a biblical look at God and more specifically the Godhead. College of Information Technology Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

  •  Cultural Book Club Discussion. ‘Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith,” written by Rob Bell, will be facilitated by Todd Deal, professor of chemistry. Discuss the conversation Jesus started over 2,000 years ago and consider how to live out a life of Christian faith in today’s society. Books will be available in the Multicultural Student Center. Baptist Collegiate Ministries, located on Chandler Road, noon.

Thursday, Jan. 25

  •  ‘Spiritual Unity in Diversity.” The Baha’is will share a healing message of the underlying common spiritual teachings of all religions. The Baha’is believe that there is one God with many names and that we are all children of this one God, and the golden rule runs like a golden thread through all religions. Russell Union Room 2044, 12:30 p.m.
  • ‘Diverse Religions” will include representatives from four misunderstood religions and will briefly introduce and explain the modern relevance of their beliefs. Russell Union Room 2048, 2 p.m.
  •  ‘Demise of American Religion” will provide an opportunity for discussion regarding the disastrous effects of post modernism and the new tolerance on the American mind. Russell Union Room 2044, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26

‘Religious Insight in Secular Fiction” will provide spiritual insight from works of literature that are not explicitly religious or devotional. Russell Union Room 2073, 1 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Religious Awareness Week is sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center Religious Programming Committee. For more information, call (912) 681-5409.

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