Looking at good news and challenges
February 27, 2019
Dr. Murray Watson will be presenting a talk entitled “Rediscovering Our Lost Family: Highlights and Lowlights in Contemporary Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Dialogue” as part of the next event in Campus Ministry’s Veritas Series.
This free event will take place on Thursday, February 28 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Joanne & Peter Kenny Theatre in the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. The event is hosted by King’s Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by the Centre for Jewish, Catholic, Muslim Learning.
In describing his talk, Dr. Watson says “although Catholicism has a very long history of interacting with both Judaism and Islam, much of that history has been negative, tense and confrontational. This talk will provide a glimpse into some of the many good news stories and some of the struggles that challenge us to come to know each other better, and to interact respectfully, and thoughtfully, as partners and, increasingly, as friends.”
Dr. Watson is a Catholic Biblical scholar and interfaith leader who has worked for 20 years in the field of interreligious dialogue and education. After studies in Rome, Jerusalem and Dublin, his work has involved teaching in London and in Israel, as well as work with the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department and the International Council of Christians and Jews. Currently based in Barrie, Ontario, Dr. Watson works supporting the professional development of Catholic teachers. In 2004, he was one of the co-founders of the Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning at King's.
“Murray Watson has dedicated the last 25 years of his life to improving relations between Christians, Jews and Muslims. His witness is more important now than ever. In a world, so often marked by divisions, stemming from religious intolerance, building bridges of dialogue is the only way we will find true and lasting peace,” says Father Michael Béchard, Chaplain of King’s University College.
More information regarding the Veritas Series can be found at https://www.kings.uwo.ca/campus-ministry/veritas-series/.