Department of inter-religious studies
st. xavier's college, mumbai
Inter-Religious Laughter - A Joke?
Panel Discussion on Communal Harmony
On Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, the Dept. of Inter-Religious Studies (DIRS) and the AICUF organized a Panel Discussion on the same theme that was taken for the College Day Mass held on 30th July: "To Be Religious Is To Be Inter-Religious." The panelists were professors from different faculties and different religious traditions too: Gulshan Shaikh (Science), Radhika Rani (Arts), Periyanayagi Subramaniam (BMM), and Awanish Kumar (Public Policy/BMS). The panel was skilfully chaired by Rector Fr. Tony J D'Souza.
Read what our team member Amruta says about the panel discussion on our blog.
After a brief video clip indicating the shocking violent communal mentality, the panelists briefly spoke about the meaning of religion in their personal lives and about their stand at a time when religious conflicts are on the rise. They also shared views on corporate terrorism and its impact on different communities. The questions posed by students after the session led to a stimulating discussion on atheistic movements, religious terrorism, commercialization of ritualistic festivals and the purpose of religion in our individual and collective lives. The session ended with the Pope's statement on the recent brutal killing of a priest in France that demonstrated the challenging path to healing and forgiveness. The keen interest of students in the over-packed classroom is a positive sign of hope for communal harmony.
Launching Honours Courses
We are excited to launch the DIRS Honours Courses this year.
The courses will provide an understanding of various religions as well as deeper insight into our role as cosmic beings.
For details/To register: Visit the DIRS Office, First Quad, 10.30 am-1 pm.
We are a department based in St. Xavier's College, Fort, Mumbai. We are passionate about issues related to communal harmony, social justice, ecology and spiritual well-being.
DIRS collaborated with the amazing team at AICUF-Xavier's to organize an InterFaith Prayer Service for students and staff on 7 June at the beginning of the academic year.
In these times of disparity and dissent, this service aims to build a greater appreciation for different faiths at the Xavier's campus.
Co-Creating Cosmic Compassion
For Christmas of 2015, we at the DIRS decided to make an unconventional crib--one that protects the earth, challenges traditional views, and celebrates all creation.
Visitors put up stars to represent their connection to the universe. Isn't it amazing that the atoms in our body are similar to the atoms in the stars?
The idea behind the Cosmic Crib was to address the growing need for compassion towards all cosmic beings: humans, animals, plants, the earth.