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Panel to discuss religious aspects of financial crisis

Posted on January 19, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As the world economy works its way through a time of crisis, are there lessons that can be learned from the world's religious faith traditions? That's a question that will be addressed by a panel discussion at Grand Valley State University.

Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business Breakfast Series presents a program titled "The Current Financial Crisis and Religion: What Can We Learn from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?"
The moderator will be Grand Valley philosophy professor John Uglietta. The panelists are:

• Dr. Sheldon J. Kopperl, Grand Valley professor of biomedical sciences, "Jewish Perspective on Economic Ethics"
• Rev. Mark-David Janus, CSP, Ph.D, "Catholic Social Teaching on the Nature and Purpose of the Economy"
• Dr. Sharif Ahmad Sahibzada, "Perspective and Perception of the Riba in Islamic Faith"
• Jeff Koeze, CEO of the Koeze Co. and the current Seidman College of Business Ethics Center Fellow

The event will be held Tuesday, February 2 in Loosemore Auditorium with free parking available in the Mt. Vernon Lot. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with opening presentations beginning at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Register for the event on-line at or by calling (616) 331-7100.
Sponsors of the breakfast include: Seidman College of Business, Business Ethics Center, and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

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