2013 Rabbi Philip Sigal Memorial Lecture
Monday, April 8, 2013
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 301 Fulton Street West
"Religious Freedom, Predatory Proselytism & The Case for Pluralism," is the title of the lecture to be presented by Padma Kuppa, an interfaith activist in the Detroit area.
"Predatory proselytism" is a term used to describe various unethical methods used in the attempt to gain converts. Kuppa will explore how the common concept of religious freedom fails to embrace the right to freedom from religious intrusion and exploitation. She will make a case for pluralism, and discuss how the existence of groups with different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds within one society can work only if we respect others' beliefs and practices.
Padma is an IT professional in the U.S. automotive industry and a columnist for Patheos.com. She focuses on interreligious cooperation as an Executive Council Member of the Hindu American Foundation. She is also active in her own community, the Bharatriya Temple in suburban Troy.
This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Dialogue Association & The Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call (616) 331-5702.