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“Spiritual Responses to Natural Disasters”

Loyola press release - April 11, 2006

University Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans and Atlas Interfaith Foundation present an interfaith panel on “Spiritual Responses to Natural Disasters,” Tuesday, April 18, 2006, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Danna Center on Loyola’s main campus.

Panelists who represent the perspectives of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, respectively, are:

Donald A. Hawkins, S.J.

Ed Viswanathan

Osman Nal

Rabbi Robert Loewy

Emile G. “Buddy” Noel (moderator)

The panel will focus on the ways in which spiritual leaders of different faiths have helped their communities to understand the theological and spiritual ramifications of natural disasters. Panelists will address such questions as “Why does God allow such things to happen?” “Why would a merciful and loving God let his people suffer?” “Why can’t an all-powerful God prevent such natural disasters?” Those involved in the panel will also make presentations on how various faiths have responded to such events, how they give hope to their communities, and how faith in God is maintained in difficult times.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Director of Interfaith George Gallien at 864-7921, or e-mail grgallie@loyno.edu.