Faith & Culture Series Asks, 'Who Is My Neighbor?'

Dr. Sherry Brown '82 Dean
Dr. Sherry Brown '82 Dean

The concept of the Good Samaritan is fondly regarded in both the church and culture — after all, who wouldn’t want to be helped, if they were in need, and who wouldn’t like to think they would be willing to stop and lend a hand to a neighbor in crisis?

Less known, perhaps, is the question that sparked the parable: “Who is my neighbor?”

This fall, Asbury University is asking the question anew as part of its annual “Faith and Culture” discussion series on Sept. 25-27. Following the model of Jesus, who ministered gracefully to people of different faiths and ethnicities without compromising his mission, Asbury University students, faculty and staff will reflect together on the Christian call to engage the world for the Kingdom of God.

Father Norman Fischer
Father Norman Fischer

“This week is an opportunity to intentionally engage with the reality of a multi-faith and multi-ethnic world,” said Esther Jadhav, director of intercultural programs at Asbury. “The Chapel services and discussions will help us dig deeper into learning how our faith informs our beliefs about ourselves and other people.”

Wednesday’s speaker, Dr. Sherry Brown '82 Dean teaches at Richland College in Texas and completed her dissertation at the University of Texas on globalization and global education innovation. In addition to teaching, she has served as a consultant in cross-cultural communication, organizational vitality and leadership.

Father Norman Fischer, Pastor of St. Peter Claver Church in Lexington, Ky., will speak on Friday. Fischer is the first priest of both African-American and Filipino descent in the Diocese of Lexington. He holds a bachelor of science in psychology and art from Centre College and a master of divinity from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois. He assumed duties as Parish Priest in Lexington in 2006.

Faith and Culture: Who is My Neighbor? Events
Wednesday, Sept. 25

10 a.m.: Chapel with Dr. Sherry Dean (Hughes Auditorium)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Talk-back session with Dr. Dean (Gray Room, Cafeteria)
7-8:30 p.m.: “That Awkward Moment When…: Engaging with Our Neighbor Where We Live” discussion with Dr. Chuck Gobin and Dr. Carey Ruiz (Student Center)

Thursday, Sept. 26
7-8:30 p.m.: “How Then Should We Live?” panel discussion (Student Center)

Friday, Sept. 27
10:00 a.m.: Chapel with Father Norman Fischer (Hughes Auditorium)
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Talk-back session with Fr. Fischer (Gray Room, Cafeteria)

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