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A Journey of Religious Tolerance Through Project Conversion

Thu Sep 20 2012

Andrew Bowen

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne University Institute for Faith and Learning will welcome Andrew Bowen to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Bowen will be speaking in the Belk Centrum on campus at 7:00 p.m. Bowen will travel to Asheville on Oct. 3 to speak at the LRU Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

For Andrew Bowen, theology is a playground. A perpetual student and champion for inter-religious peace and reconciliation, Bowen created Project Conversion in 2011, a year-long personal immersion into the culture, practices, beliefs, and rituals of 12 belief systems from around the world as a personal intervention after years of animosity toward faith.

His mission for Project Conversion? To help create a seamless humanity. Coverage of his efforts has appeared in The Huffington Post, The American Baha’i, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Charlotte Observer, NPR’s Interfaith Voices Radio, and more. His fiction and essays splash the murky waters of religion and spirituality, and have appeared in over a dozen venues like decomP, Prick of the Spindle, Pulp Metal Magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint. He now speaks and writes about his pluralistic adventures as an Immersionist and efforts to end the war between, within, and outside the world of faith.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “A culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. The Institute’s programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

For more information on the Institute for Faith and Learning Series, contact Dr. David Ratke at 828-328-7183 or Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert at 828-328-7184.

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