Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Join us on October 4 for "Beyond Fundamentalisms: Their and Ours" A Community Conversation with Dr. Martin Marty

If you are looking for an evening that is informative, thought-provoking and totally timely to our world today then look no further. We're partnering with the Center for Faith Studies at Countryside Community Church and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation to bring Dr. Martin Marty, one of the most well-respected and prolific theologians out there- and one of the few who can successfully pull off wearing a bow tie- for a Community Conversation on "Beyond Fundamentalisms: Their and Ours" on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 7 pm at Countryside Community Church (8787 Pacific Street) in Omaha.

A renowned scholar and author, Dr. Martin Marty will define what constitutes a fundamentalist movement and he will examine some of the most prominent examples of this in our world today. Dr. Marty will first survey the militant and often lethal challenges to civil order caused by fundamentalist movements in far away places such as India and the Middle East. Dr. Marty then will focus on the fundamentalist movements present in the United States, exploring the often militant, but seldom lethal challenges to believers in many faiths as well as non-believers whose lives are affected by hardline religious movement. By holding up the mirror to fundamentalist movements here and abroad, he will set out to account for such movements, touch on the psychology of those involved, assess the two sets of challenges they bring, and discuss strategies for facing them and--one hopes--transcending them. This community conversation is not designed to be an exercise in fundamentalist-bashing but rather an attempt to understand these movements and how communities respond to the challenges they pose.

Sound interesting? Well then get registered! You can register online at:


Tickets are $10 per person but fear not students, you can get in for free by presenting your ID at the door. Questions? Call our office (402) 933-4647 or shoot us an email at info@projectinterfaithusa.org.

Want some more info on Dr. Martin Marty...

A native of West Point, Nebraska, Dr. Marty is one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today. Author of more than 50 books, he is also a speaker, columnist, Lutheran pastor, and teacher, and has served as a professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago. Want more information? Google him- he's all over the place...

This program is part of Project Interfaith's 2009-2010 Community Conversations Annual Speaker Series as well as the 2009-2010 Center for Faith Studies Annual Lecture Series.

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