Sacred Texts Conference
(waived for Claremont Colleges students, faculty and staff)

The First Annual Conference of Religions in Conversation will be an exploration of passages addressing relationships with insiders and outsiders, and points of inclusivity and exclusivity, within the Sacred Texts of six groups: Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, LDS/Mormonism, & Hinduism.

What do these Sacred Texts say about the tension between inclusivity & exclusivity? 

Are there actions proscribed by the text for treatment of insiders and outsiders?

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11:30 AM – Registration begins
Mudd Theatre, CST

NOON – Welcome: Dean Karen Torjesen, School of Religion
Mudd Theatre, CST

12:15-1:45 – FIRST PANEL
Mudd Theatre, CST

1:45-2:00 – Break
Mudd Theatre, CST

2:00-3:00 – Home Groups: Texts in Translation
Mudd Theatre, CST

3:00-3:15 – Break
Mudd Theatre, CST

3:15-5:00 – Diverse Groups: Texts in Conversation
Mudd Theatre, CST

5:30-6:30 – Italian Dinner
Hampton Room, Scripps

6:30-7:30 – SECOND PANEL
Hampton Room, Scripps

7:30-8:00 – Participant Reflections & Concluding Remarks
Hampton Room, Scripps


Jennifer Rose, Gathas of Zarathushtra, Zoroastrianism
Richard Bushman, Book of Mormon, LDS/Mormonism
Robert Rees, Book of Mormon, LDS/Mormonism
Marvin A Sweeney, Hebrew Bible, Judaism
Tammi J Schneider, Hebrew Bible, Judaism
Hamid Mavani, Qur’an, Islam
Deepak Shimkhada, Indic Scriptures, Hinduism
Althea Spencer Miller, New Testament, Christianity