Manhattanville Chaplain Engages in Interfaith Discussions


Manhattanville Chaplain Engages in Interfaith Discussions

April 11, 2017 • Anonymous

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Father Wil Tyrrell, director of the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice and Manhattanville’s Catholic chaplain, recently participated in two interfaith discussions at nearby colleges.

On March 28, Father Tyrrell moderated “Bridging the Gaps to Live Your Faith in American Culture,” an interfaith panel of six religious leaders at St. John’s University. The Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Sikh religious traditions were represented on the panel.

Father Wil Tyrrell (far right) hosted a panel discussion with interfaith leaders from several religious traditions. For the second event, Father Tyrrell shared the podium with Orthodox Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan, at Iona College on April 4. The event was co-sponsored by the American Jewish Counsil and the Brother Driscoll Lecture on Jewish-Catholic Relations of Iona College, and will be aired on the Jewish Broadcasting Service later in April.

Speaking on interfaith issues, Father Tyrrell said, “Religions matter! Both when religious institutions and individual believers live out the teaching, values and principles of their respective faith traditions for human flourishing, and when people who identity themselves with a particular religion commit horrendous acts in the name of religion. Dialogue among religious believers is essential for peace and collaboration to right the wrongs of the world. There is definitely a place for religions in the public square.”

 Photo Captions: Top, Father Wil Tyrrell (left)and Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein speaking at an event at Iona College on April 4. Bottom, Father Wil Tyrrell (far right) with religious leaders from St. John's University. 

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