Religious leaders meet at RCC for discussion
Nov 15 2012
By Jaymie Allen
Byline Staff Writer
Rogue Community College’s Diversity Programming Board is hosting a free event on Nov. 15 with a panel discussion on religion and spirituality.
Erika Giesen, RCC social science instructor, said the goal of the discussion is education.
“People will be able to hear about the different religions—the commonalities between them and the differences,” she said. “It’s also to dispel stereotypes.”
Six different representatives will be present for the different religions and spiritualties including Buddhism, paganism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Native American (Potawami).
There will be ground rules for this event to help prevent controversy. For example, when questions are asked they will be written on note cards to prevent inflammatory inquiries.
Giesen said she hopes to hold similar events at other campuses.
“Riverside Campus hopes to hold an event on the Redwood Campus in the spring,” she said.
Giesen said there will be two classes attending, but hopes more will show for the event “I expect about 50 people, but hopefully 100 will come,” she said.
The event is scheduled 1-3 p.m. in Room 132 of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. There will be light refreshments and the seating is limited.
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