February 9, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College will host a presentation by Rev. Sonja I. Ingebrisen called “Protestantism: United Church of Christ” on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room.  The event is free and open to the public.

Ingebrisen holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., and has been the pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Carbondale since 2010.  She helped establish the Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition in 2013 and is an advocate for LGBTQ rights. 

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, invited Ingebrisen to speak as part of this year’s Multicultural Perspectives Series - Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education:  A Focus on Faith and Knowledge. 

“At a time when there is such a diversity of religious beliefs, systems of morality, ethics, and values, there is an increased need for interreligious understanding,” Fox said.  “We believe it is important for our campus to join this global discussion.  This will be our first presentation on Protestantism.  We have already addressed several topics, including Catholicism, Mormonism, and had a panel discussion on food and rituals in four major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam. “

Fox believes the presentations are educational and informative.

“Our hope is that these conversations will provide an opportunity to learn about different religious groups in our community in an effort to increase our understanding and promote an inclusive, comfortable, and safe environment,” Fox said.  “I encourage students, staff, and community members to attend.  They will be able to ask questions and share insights during the discussions.” 

The Multicultural Perspectives Series is sponsored by Logan’s Diversity and Inclusion Program.  For more information contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.