Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011

Schreiner University to Host Sharia Law Discussion October 20

As part of Schreiner’s participation in the President’s Interfaith Education and Community Service Challenge, the University’s Better Together program, along with the Kerrville Area Interfaith Peace Dialogue association, are hosting an informational forum and discussion on Sharia Law at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballroom 3 on the Schreiner campus. Sharia law is broadly defined as a body of law based on Islam and its central religious text, the Quran.
 
This event is free and open to the public.

Narjas Pierre and Sarwat Hussein, both of San Antonio, will be speaking. Narjas is Muslim and active in the interfaith movement in San Antonio. Sarwat is the director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in San Antonio and is a well-known speaker across the United States. CAIR’s vision is to promote justice and mutual understanding. They have successfully partnered with the National Council of Churches and held dialogue with representatives of the National Association of Evangelicals as well as other civic and civil liberties groups. This discussion on Sharia Law is one of several programs planned throughout the year. The next interfaith conversation will be on scriptural reasoning led by professor Whit Bodman from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Scriptural reasoning is a process of reading scripture in an interfaith environment with the goal of not agreeing upon its meanings, but of building relationships with each other around that which we all value highly—scripture.

Schreiner is one of 250 colleges and universities across the nation, and one of only six schools in Texas, chosen to participate in this national initiative through the Department of Education and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition to promoting interfaith education events throughout the year, SU will be participating in community service projects focusing on domestic poverty and educational opportunity. SU’s Better Together program is part of a national student-led interfaith cooperation movement connected to the Interfaith Youth Core and the President’s Initiative.

For more information please contact, The Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, SU’s campus minister, at vanorrislane@schreiner.edu.

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