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Ellis brings new vision of interfaith solidarity to Manchester

Marc EllisNORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The three monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – have been involved in a dialogue that expresses what they have in common, including projects that focus on humanitarian aid and human rights. While this has been helpful in overcoming long-lasting divisions, a speaker coming to Manchester University says there are limitations to this. 

Dr. Marc Ellis will present “Toward an Interfaith Solidarity for Our Global Crisis,” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

This is free and open to the public. 

He says the conversations have been too focused on a conservative-liberal model, failing to address the political, economic and ideological crises we face today. 

Ellis will discuss a new vision of interfaith solidarity, which calls each of us individually, and our communities, into new relations with each other and the world.

He first came to prominence with the publication of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation more than three decades ago. He has spoken at more than 300 universities, seminaries and academies in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. His published works include more than 100 articles and 20 books.

Ellis was a university professor of Jewish studies, professor of history and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University until 2012.  He received his doctorate degree in history from Marquette University in 1980. 

This event is organized by the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, a project of the MU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Peace Studies Institute, and made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Ellis’s presentation is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts program at the University.


About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. It has students from 20 nations and is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

October 2017

Press release prepared by Tiffany Byers, Strategic Communications student assistant.