by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, Theology Professor, UIW
Interfaith Bridges, One of the Strongest Elements of Global Security
Known, far and wide, for her many creative attempts at ‘Bridge-Building’ of various kinds over the years, and in a number of current situations, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI is once again presenting yet another opportunity of togetherness and harmony in her presentation of ‘Interfaith Bridges’.
Using the format of a Luncheon Conversation, Sr. Martha Ann presented her guest speaker, Sr. Patricia Madigan, PhD, an international interfaith leader from Australia who has represented her country in peacebuilding, since interfaith bridges are one of the strongest elements of global security. She completed her studies in ecumenical and interfaith dialog at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin, and Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in Christian-Muslim relations. Sr. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Together, Sr. Patricia and Sr. Martha Ann had done a study in Iraq leading to the exhibit and book, Iraqi Women of Three Generations, Challenges, Education and Hopes for Peace.
Sr. Patricia shared her extraordinary ministry of creating Interfaith Bridges around the world, under some of the most difficult of circumstances and in unusual locations.
A Q&A session followed her presentation with lots of interaction and sharing by the group.
The Conversation with Sr. Patricia was held in the Madeleine Room of Incarnate Word Village/Heritage Center, with an audience of professors, leaders and students from UIW and other areas and lasted from noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.
We invite you to see more pictures here: Bridge-Building