Imagine the world through the lens of someone else’s experiences, values, culture, and religion. Think about how all of those factors inform their thoughts and actions - how understanding that context affects your perception of our community.

Empathy for and understanding of the human condition and the religious responses to it are at the heart of everything we do at the Institute.

Join us as we welcome our guests to share their WorldViews.

Fall 2022

September 20 
Ukrainian Orthodoxy with Fr. Richard Jendras

In this conversation, we will not only discuss the beliefs and practices of Ukrainian Orthodoxy, but also the impact of the war on the local Ukrainian community and the resulting refugee crisis.

Watch the recording of this conversation.

October 18
Tibetan Buddhism with Tim Loftus

Location: Seegers Union Event Space

Being both a practitioner and scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Tim Loftus will discuss intersections of race and ethnicity with Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of the tradition in the local context. Having also served as a chaplain in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we will have the opportunity to discuss wellness, sickness, and death from that perspective.

Watch the recording of this conversation.

November 15 @ 7:00 pm
Contemporary Paganism with Lauren Testa

Location: Seegers Union Event Space

A member of the Hills and Rivers Local Council, Lauren Testa will speak to her experience as a pagan practitioner as well as discuss the unity and diversity of belief and practice within local pagan communities.

Join the livestream on November 15 @ 7:00 pm

December 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Metropolitan Community Church with Rev. Beth Goudy 

Location: Seegers Union Event Space

Rev. Goudy serves as the pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley, a church built on radical inclusivity that serves a majority LGBTQ congregation. In this conversation, we will discuss conceptions and misconceptions about Christianity and its role in social justice and inclusion.

Join the livestream on December 6 @ 7:00 pm

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All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear face masks in all College owned buildings and facilities. Food and drink will not be served during the event.

Visitors to the College are required to review and adhere to any Muhlenberg College current COVID policy. In addition, please review the symptom checker questions and DO NOT come to campus if you are symptomatic or have had a recent COVID exposure.

 

Watch previous recordings.


Youth & Prejudice

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Institute will not be able to hold the Youth & Prejudice: Reducing Hatred, Lessons of the Holocaust conference as an in-person event this year. Nevertheless, we remain committed to partnering with school communities in teaching the historical realities of the Holocaust and preparing students to be upstanders against prejudice in today’s world.

We have moved the conference to a virtual format and created a variety of resources including survivor testimonies, discussion/reflection questions, dramatic performance, poetry and art, and a variety of activities adaptable for either classroom or at-home use. We are continuing to expand these resources and will make them available to our school community partners for use again this year.

If you are an educator who would like to receive more information about participating in this event, please email us at religionandculture@muhlenberg.edu.

 

 

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you!
Address Muhlenberg College Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding Moyer Hall, 202 2400 Chew Street Allentown, PA 18104