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Panel at SXU to discuss God, human suffering

Updated: November 21, 2013 6:12AM



St. Xavier University will explore the theme “God and Human Suffering: What God Says about Suffering, What Suffering Says about God” at its Seventh Annual Interfaith Expo.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Butler Reception Room of the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Interactive exhibits will be on display throughout the expo beginning at noon, and a free lunch will be served between 1 and 2 p.m., followed by presentations and an open discussion.

At 2 p.m., speakers from four different faiths — Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian — will discuss the concept of suffering, a topic of universal human interest. Each speaker will offer a 10-minute reflection about suffering before answering questions from the audience. Attendees will engage in small group discussions at their tables and can ask questions of the panelists.

Presenters include Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon, a theologian and poet who will reflect on suffering from the Jewish perspective and from his experience running a pain clinic in northern Indiana; SXU education professor Liang Zhao, who will speak from the Buddhist tradition; SXU executive director of university ministry Graziano Marcheschi, who will discuss Christian teaching; and Karen Danielson, outreach director for the Muslim American Society — Chicago Chapter.

For more information, call (773) 298-3900.

Staff report



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