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New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Pray and Break Bread, SPIN, Norway, Berlin, Krakow, Oswiecim

There are many new cross-cultural opportunities coming up this year! Upcoming options include the October Pray and Break Bread trip, Saint Paul Interfaith Network's Fall Dialogue Series, and the FASPE Fellowship's June intensive in Berlin, Krakow, and Auschwitz. Read on for more details.

Pray and Break Bread's "Twin Cities Abrahamic Traditions"

Registration is filling up for our Friday October 24 Pray and Break Bread trip, "Twin Cities Abrahamic Traditions." On this trip, we'll be visiting with Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith leaders through the lens of peace and justice community service.

We'll be visiting the Islamic Resource Group, sitting in on prayers at Masjid An-Nur, checking out Jewish art at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, and baking (and breaking!) bread together at Redeemer Lutheran Church!

Pray and Break Bread is open to students, staff, and faculty. Attendance is $10.00. Registration is capped at 15 and closes on Monday October 20. To join the trip, click here, or contact Katherine Parent at

SPIN's "Doctrine of Discovery" Fall Dialogue Series

This fall, the St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) and many faith and community organizations have joined to hold events taking a hard look at difficult truths about the tragic treatment of Indigenous people by our state, nation and religious institutions.

This is an effort to increase awareness and dialogue about the Doctrine of Discovery and the trauma it created. The Doctrine of Discovery refers to the legal and religious justification used to take lands from Native peoples and forcibly convert them. The outlines of the Doctrine appeared in 15th-century papal edicts and it shows up in secular form in early U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The trauma from these religious and secular actions is still present today.

For more details on the events, see the SPIN website:

FASPE Fellowship's June Intensive in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing religious leaders today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 14 to June 24, 2015.

Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Inter-faith dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Thorin R. Tritter, Ph.D., Managing Director of FASPE at

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