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Students to Embark on Interfaith Tour of New York City’s Religious Shrines

Bethlehem, Pa., January 29, 2008—Students from Moravian College and Lehigh University will embark on an “Interfaith Bus Tour of New York City” on Saturday, February 9.  Students will visit a number of significant worship centers in Manhattan including Temple Emmanuel, The Islamic Center of New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

“The purpose of the trip is to provide students with a first-hand experience of not only the magnificent architecture of these worship settings, but also how the theology and worship practice of various religions is expressed through the space in which their faithful gather,” said David E. Bennett, chaplain of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. “It is a project of interfaith collaboration which hopefully will express a spirit of hospitality, helping to break down some misconceptions that often times create fear or bias. Seeing the various worship settings one after another will also show that most world religions have as much in common as they do that differentiates them.”

The trip is being coordinated by Moravian College Multi-faith Council and is sponsored by Newman Foundation of Lehigh University.  The Multi-faith Council is a faculty and student task force that nurtures interfaith collaboration, awareness, and partnership.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.