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Loyola Institute for Ministry presents workshop on fundamentalism July 11 and 12

Loyola press release - June 23, 2003

(New Orleans)—The Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) will present a course titled “Seduced by the World: Fundamentalism and the Fundamentalist Impulse in Religion” Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12, 2003. The free Friday lecture will take place in Miller Hall, Rooms 112 and 114. Saturday’s workshop will be in the Octavia Rooms I & II, Danna Center, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. R. Scott Appleby, Ph.D. will be the presenter.

The course will focus on the world-conquering impulse in contemporary religions, with a special emphasis on a comparison between Islam and Christianity as world religions. Friday evening’s talk will describe ideological and organizational characteristics of fundamentalism as they have appeared, especially over the last fifty years in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Saturday’s workshop will address fundamentalism within Christianity, with particular attention to its Roman Catholic manifestations. The morning will be devoted to a brief historical overview and discussion of the sources, patterns and expressions of Christian and Catholic fundamentalism. The afternoon will explore pastoral dimensions of the phenomenon, including strategies for avoiding hegemonic fundamentalism while upholding the “fundamentals” of the faith.

Appleby is a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as the director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He also was the director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. He is the author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation, a study of religious peace-building for the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict and several other books about fundamentalism. He was a consultant for the PBS film and NPR radio series on fundamentalisms and co-authored the companion book, The Glory and Power: The Fundamentalist Challenge to the Modern World.

The fees for the Saturday workshop are $208-graduate credit; $110-continuing education credit; $70-listener’s license (non-credit). Groups of four or more from the same parish, school or institution — pay for three participants, the fourth person will be admitted for free. There is no charge for the Friday events.

For more information or to register, contact LIM at 800-777-5469 or 504-865-3728; fax 504-865-2066; email at lim@loyno.edu; on online at www.loyno.edu/lim