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Mars Hill University Hosts Lecture: “Many Voices, One God: Unity or Harmony?
Mars Hill University will host a lecture by the Rev. Dirk Ficca, past president of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, in Broyhill Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.
The presentation is titled: “Many Voices, One God: Unity or Harmony?” The public is welcome.
From 1992 to 2012, Rev. Ficca was associated in various capacities with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, serving as Executive Director for the last fifteen years. During his tenure, the Council organized the world’s largest international interreligious gatherings, with major parliament events in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004) and Melbourne (2009). Under his leadership, the Council’s mission promoted interreligious dialogue, grassroots organizing, and global networking in cities around the world.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Dirk Ficca is now committed personally and professionally to bringing 20 years of experience in the global interreligious movement to promoting a metropolitan-based social cohesion strategy, as well as bringing an interreligious dimension to existing social change organizations, projects, and initiatives.
The event is co-sponsored by the Mars Hill University Department of Religion, History, & Philosophy and the Office of the Chaplain.
Dr. Kathy Meacham, professor of religion and philosophy said, “An ordained Christian minister, the Rev. Dirk Ficca has worked internationally with leaders of all of the world’s religious traditions, with openness, respect, and dedication to learning what connects human beings more than what divides us. The Parliament for the World’s Religions seeks to understand the diversity of human religious commitments in order to work together to address deepest needs across the world. It is important for Mars Hill students to understand that being a Christian invites people to learn about and work with people of other religious traditions. The Rev. Ficca models the kind of openness and engagement in a pluralistic world that Mars Hill University teaches.”