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IAP 2015 Activities by Category - Religion and Ethics

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Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men - A Conversation

David Gray

Add to Calendar Jan/27 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-144
Add to Calendar Jan/29 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-144

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

What is identity? How is it defined by our current society? What role does it play in the pursuit of gender equality? Come explore these and other related topics in a roundtable discussion over a meal. We will discuss important subjects such as identity, cultural relativism, the historical forces that have shaped the way people experience power differently, the role of media, and why the equality of women and men is of vital concern to all. The facilitator has experience working with various academic, NGO and faith-based representatives on these topics throughout the United States, Canada and particularly in Washington, D.C. No background is needed on the subject to participate. The rich expertise of all will be valuable to the conversation. (bahai.mit.edu)

Sponsor(s): Bahai Association
Contact: David Gray, DGRAY@MIT.EDU


Are we real when we are online?

Gavriel Goldfeder, Senior Jewish Educator, Hillel

Add to Calendar Jan/20 Tue 07:00PM-08:30PM W20-307 Mezzanine

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)

We live in two worlds -- the "real world" and the "virtual world." When we interact with people in the "real world," we see their faces, their body language, their mannerisms. In the "virtual world," we lose all of that, but we do more easily gain connections, information and even friends. So how has technology shaped the way we relate to each other, especially in these two worlds? 

Join us as we explore these questions from both a scientific and a religious perspective, with panelists Professo Judith Donath of the MIT Media Lab, Rabbi Matt Soffer of Temple Israel, and Rev. David Thom of the Cambridge Roundtable. Moderated by Rabbi Geoff Mitelman of Sinai and Synapses, and presented by Hillel. 

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Gavriel Goldfeder, W-11, (617) 324-5882, heyrabbi@mit.edu


Experience How Christians Worship

Ora Gladstone

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Sun 10:15AM-12:30PM Lobby W11 - RAC

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/28
Prereq: RSVP ora@mit.edu 617-610-1060

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue on our visit to St. Paul's AME (African Methodist Episcopal), Cambridge

Meet 10:15am Lobby - W11.  RSVP - ora@mit.edu, 617-610-1060

Sponsor(s): Chaplain to the Institute, Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue
Contact: Ora Gladstone, W11-035, 617-610-1060, ora@mit.edu


Experiencing How Jews Worship

Ora Gladstone

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Fri 04:00PM-09:00PM Lobby - W11 RAC, Women-long sleeves and skirt

Enrollment: All invited
Sign-up by 01/20
Prereq: RSVP and cell #-need to know who's coming

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue as we visit to two very different Friday night/welcoming-the-Sabbath services: 1) 4:30pm Young Israel of Brookline (Orthodox - ID required, cell phones off, no electronics/photos, women-no slacks). 2) 6:00pm Temple Beth Zion (Spiritual, Jewish Renewal, song-filled) followed by a kiddush/light meal.  Call Ora 617-610-1060 to participate and for meeting instructions.

Sponsor(s): Chaplain to the Institute, Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue
Contact: Ora Gladstone, W11-035, 617-610-1060, ora@mit.edu


Experiencing How Muslims Worship

Ora Gladstone

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Fri 12:00PM-03:30PM Lobby - W11 RAC, Women-scarf and long sleeves

Enrollment: Let us know you're coming
Sign-up by 01/27

Join the Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue on our trip to the I.S.B.C.C. (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center) for the weekly sermon, Jum'ah/Friday prayer, and a tour of this beautiful center. Women head scarf and no bare arms please.  So we know you're coming - 617-610-1060

Sponsor(s): Chaplain to the Institute, Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue
Contact: Ora Gladstone, W11-035, 617-610-1060, ora@mit.edu


Islam 101

Hoda El-Sharkawi, Muslim Chaplain

Add to Calendar Jan/29 Thu 06:00PM-07:30PM 4-146

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

POSTPONED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR TONIGHT.

This event will be held thursday (01/29), same time. Location to be confirmed by the end of the week.

PLEASE EMAIL hoda.elsharkawi@gmail.com FOR MORE INFORMATION

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- Is Islam a religion of peace, as former-President Bush declared after 9/11? - What is the Muslims' concept of God? The afterlife? - Who was the Prophet Muhammad? - What do Muslims say about Moses? Jesus? - What are the 5 pillars of Islamic practice (devotion)? - What is the Shariah? An opportunity to see beyond common misconceptions and negative media coverage.and to learn first hand about the beliefs and practices that characterize the vibrant, fourteen-century-old faith professed by over a billion people worldwide. Bring all your questions, there will be time for discussion!

Sponsor(s): Muslim Chaplaincy
Contact: Hoda El-Sharkawi, hoda.elsharkawi@gmail.com


Non-Violent Resistance: Gandhi's Satyagraha Approach to Social Change Activism

David Slesinger, MIT Alum

Add to Calendar Jan/06 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 34-302

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Learn about Mahatma Gandhi's approach to nonviolent civil disobedience, called "satyagraha", as a valuable and honorable approach to social change,  including climate change.  An MIT alum who has been arrested over thirty times will explain how most activists appeal mainly to their supporters, while Gandhi was concerned with the spiritual development of his adversaries.Those who aren't ready to be arrested or serve time in jail for your beliefs can still support those who are ready, as some of those could handle jail time if they had logistical support.

Arrange to get a copy of Gandhi’s jail writings: Email David Slesinger at dslesinger@alum.mit.edu.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: David Slesinger, davidslesinger@yahoo.com


Prophecy and the History of the Earth

Kira Street

Enrollment: RSVP at leadcampushope@mit.edu (optional but helpful)
Attendance: You will benefit the most by attending all sessions
Prereq: An open mind!

What do the prophecies and teachings in the Bible mean? How do they relate to us? Are they even valid for our contemporary society? Come and explore what the Bible has to say about itself, Jesus, and our world today. Bring your questions to our nightly Q&A sessions, and bring a Bible (or one will be provided) and a notepad.

Sponsor(s): CampusHOPE
Contact: Simon Okaine, SOKAINE@MIT.EDU


Can the Bible be Trusted? - Daniel 2

Add to Calendar Jan/12 Mon 04:00PM-05:30PM 3-442

A study of Daniel 2


Prophecy's Historical Significance

Add to Calendar Jan/13 Tue 04:00PM-05:30PM 3-442

A study of Daniel 8,9


The Suffering Savior

Add to Calendar Jan/14 Wed 04:00PM-05:30PM 3-442

 The Prophecy of Christ in Isaiah 52 and 53


Prophecy in the Present

Add to Calendar Jan/15 Thu 04:00PM-05:30PM 3-442

A study of Matthew 24


Practical Christianity Today

Add to Calendar Jan/16 Fri 04:00PM-05:30PM 3-442

The Spiritual Journey of Mary Magdalene


Reason, Evidence & the Christian Faith

Gideon Lee, '93 President, NumberSciences, Sunday Trevino, Campus Minister, Michael Dean, Chaplain

Enrollment: Email bsf-staff@mit.edu
Limited to 40 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

This four-evening seminar explores Christianity as a system of thoughts from the integrative perspectives of faith, reason, and evidence.  Through pre-workshop readings, web media, live discussion, and interaction with panel guests, the seminar examines the biblical Christian worldview with insights from the scientific, philosophical, historical, and religious spheres.  The participants will be exposed to some of the most discussed topics and challenged to examine their preconceived understandings.

Spheres and Key Topics

Scientific: Fine-tuning and Irreducible ComplexityPhilosophical: Theistic Arguments and the Problem of Evil Historical: Prophecies and MiraclesReligious: Spiritual Experience and Interfaith Dialogue

Sponsor(s): Baptist Student Fellowship
Contact: Sunday Trevino, W11-029, 617.253.2328, SUNDAY@MIT.EDU


Reason, Evidence & the Christian Faith

Add to Calendar Jan/20 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM TBD
Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM TBD
Add to Calendar Jan/22 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM TBD
Add to Calendar Jan/23 Fri 07:00PM-09:00PM TBD

This four-evening seminar explores Christianity as a system of thoughts from the integrative perspectives of faith, reason, and evidence.  Through pre-workshop readings, web media, live discussion, and interaction with panel guests, the seminar examines the biblical Christian worldview with insights from the scientific, philosophical, historical, and religious spheres.

Gideon Lee - '93 President, NumberSciences, Sunday Trevino - Campus Minister, Michael Dean - Chaplain


Reasoning for God

chris swanosn

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

A 6 part lecture and discussion series addressing some of the top questions and objections to the Christian faith.  Bring your questions and look forward to good discussion and authentic answers.  Free dinner too!

Sponsor(s): Campus Crusade for Christ, Graduate Christian Fellowship
Contact: Chris Swanson, 515-451-9542, CSWANSON@MIT.EDU


How Could God allow Evil and Suffering?

Add to Calendar Jan/13 Tue 06:00PM-07:30PM Coffeehouse Lounge, 3rd floor Student Center, Free Dinner Provided

How can there be one true religion?

Add to Calendar Jan/15 Thu 06:00PM-07:45PM Coffeehouse Lounge, 3rd Floor, Student Center, free dinner

SEEK: Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God

Adam Reynolds, Associate Chaplain, Lanie Sandberg, Seek Coordinator

Enrollment: Advance sign-up helpful, not required
Sign-up by 01/08
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Attending all sessions strongly recommended
Prereq: Curiosity and an open mind!

Seek is a dinner discussion series offering an introduction to and exploration of faith in Jesus and connection with God. Seek is designed to be a non-preachynon-dogmatic and zero-pressure environment that includes an emphasis on the practical aspects of faith, ample opportunities to ask questions, and informal discussions with a consistent group of similarly curious people.

seek.mit.edu

Sponsor(s): Vineyard Christian Fellowship
Contact: Adam Reynolds, W11-011, 617-359-7457, ADAM1@MIT.EDU


Seek Sessions:

Add to Calendar Jan/05 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #1: Why Consider Faith in Jesus?
Add to Calendar Jan/07 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #2: What's So Important about Jesus?
Add to Calendar Jan/12 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #3: How Can I Expect Prayer to Work?
Add to Calendar Jan/14 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #4: How to Get the Best Stuff From the Bible?
Add to Calendar Jan/19 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #5: Can I Expect God to Guide Me?
Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #6: Why Friendships Are so Important
Add to Calendar Jan/24 Sat 12:00PM-04:00PM TBD, Seek Holy Spirit Day
Add to Calendar Jan/26 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #7: What about Evil?
Add to Calendar Jan/28 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM PDR #3 (W20-303), Seek #8: On the Road to Your Impossibly Great Life

Dinner is provided at each session! Each evening will include a presentation on a relevant topic followed by open discussion. 

Location: Student Center Private Dining Room 3.

Sign up at: seek.mit.edu

Adam Reynolds - Associate Chaplain, Lanie Sandberg - Seek Coordinator


Wonder, Beauty, and Meaning:Living at the Interface of Science and Spirituality

Dan Burns, Research Scientist

Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 12:00PM-01:30PM 54-209

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by the sound of a hawk, the laughter of a child, or a green sunset? Have you ever been amazed at an equation that captures a physical observation or the biochemistry of DNA?  Science is alive with the sacred and our lives are pregnant with purpose and meaning.  Yet we can compartmentalize our intellectual and spiritual selves into different boxes, imposing barriers that limit and constrain us.   Many of the most exciting areas in research are at the interface of different fields, involving the breaking down of barriers between science and engineering.  In our own lives we need to breakdown false compartments to live as whole human beings in mind and spirit. This is how we find the most happiness and fulfillment in life, the most meaning and balance.   There can be tension in seeing how to balance our spiritual and technical lives - how do we avoid feeling the need to leave our spiritual lives at the door of the lab and pick them up when we go home at night?  These questions were the basis of a seminar offered at MIT over a 10-year period.  We discovered clear points of commonality between our work and our spirituality.   Using personal experience, the lives of great scientists and mystics, and the insight of over 100 students from every religious tradition who took the seminar, we will look at five aspects of science and spirituality that can help integrate our lives: wonder, awareness, beauty, creativity, and meaning

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Contact: Dan Burns, 54-223, 617.253.7206, burns@mit.edu