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Global Vision - Spring 2010

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Five Luther Students Attend Parliament of the World's Religions

by Elizabeth Flomo, M.Div. Senior

In December, five Luther Seminary students experienced firsthand the diversity of the world's religions at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia.

Sarah Anderson (M.Div. '11), Aimee Appell (M.Div. '10), Stephanie Bliese (M.A. '10), Elizabeth Flomo (M.Div. '10) and John Klawiter (M.Div. '12), accompanied by President Richard and Nina Bliese, spent seven days with adherents of the world's religions. First held in 1893, the Parliament has been held every five years since 1993, in cities around the world. The event is designed to cultivate cooperation and harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities in pursuit of creating a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The Henry Luce Foundation provided grants to 15 U.S. theological institutions to send participants to the Parliament to participate in a seminar entitled "Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World." As part of their experience, the students received academic credit through an independent study overseen by Professor Steven Häggmark.

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