Interfaith Fridays: Interfaith Scriptural Explorations

Explorations of texts from various religions, primarily Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, using the Scriptural Reasoning method developed in England, supported by Cambridge University, and now used all over the world.

When: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Where?  Religion and Philosophy Commons, Hendrix College

·         Feb 2.: Interfaith Scripture Explorations: Texts on Hospitality to the Stranger

·         March 9: Interfaith Scripture Explorations: Texts on Abraham’s Journey

·         April 6: Interfaith Scripture Explorations: Texts on Encountering God


Worldview Wednesdays: “My Life” Listening Sessions

When? 4-5 pm on Wednesdays

Where?  Religion and Philosophy Commons, Hendrix College

  • January 31: My life in Buddhism (Doug Holmes and Mike Mueller, Hendrix graduates active in the Ecumenical Buddhist Society, LR)
  • February 7:  My life in Hinduism (Jeffrey Long, Elizabethtown College, Hindu scholar and practicing Hindu, by Skype)
  • February 14: My Life Growing up in Chinese Culture (Guo-ou Zhuang, Associate Professor Chinese Culture, Director of Confucius Institute, UCA)
  • March 7: My life in Atheism (Gwen Stockwell, International Programs, Hendrix College)
  • March 14: Our Lives in Judaism (Tracie and Phillip Spivey, Community Outreach and     Philosophy, UCA)
  • March 28: My Life in Christianity (Peg Falls Corbitt, Professor of Philosophy, Hendrix College)
  • April 4: My Life in Islam (Nader Abou-diab, LR)
  • April 11: My Life in Unitarian Universalism (Rev. Jan Nielson, Unitarian Universalist minister, LR)

Multi-Faith Mondays: Interfaith, Psychology, and Theology

What?  Short presentations relevant to Interfaith Studies, followed by open discussion.

When?  Monday evenings from 6-7 pm

Where? Faulkner County Public Library (1900 West Tyler Street)

  • Feb. 5: Mental Health in Arkansas (David Hawkins, LAC)
  • Feb. 12: Mental Health in Arkansas (David Hawkins, LAC)
  • Feb. 19: The Practice of Pluralism: Political and Religious (Jay McDaniel)
  • Feb. 26: The Enneagram and Interfaith (Amanda Moore)
  • March 5:  The Enneagram and Interfaith (Amanda Moore)
  • March 12: Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too? (Jay McDaniel)
  • March 26: Ideas of God and Interfaith (Jay McDaniel)


Cultivating an Interfaith Mindset in Rural Arkansas

26055702_395256380887231_813604204524835639_n.jpgWhile most interfaith resources are concentrated in urban areas, the need to cultivate hospitality toward other religions exists in rural areas as well. During this workshop, held March 3, 2018, we explored the characteristics of “an interfaith mindset,” learned about existing interfaith initiatives in rural Arkansas, and brainstormed new ways to cultivate interfaith understanding in areas where religious diversity is not readily apparent.

The workshop was sponsored by the Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network and facilitated by Dr. Jay McDaniel and the Rev. Teri Daily.

If you are interested in interfaith work in rural areas, join our Facebook Page Rural Arkansas Interfaith Network, a GAIN Group.

Film and Spirit: A Discussion on Nature, Stories, Joy, and Contemplation

We will meet on Thursdays at 4:30-6:00 at Panera Bread in the Hendrix Village on the 2nd Thursdays of each month, with the exception of December.  (Sep. 14th, Oct. 12th, Nov. 9th, Dec. 7th)

 The Film and Spirit discussion series focuses on the power of storytelling, the benefit of a shared experience, and thoughtful dialogue on ethical, moral, and religious questions. The intention of each film in the series is to open up dialogue on questions or themes that the films present and how we can broaden those themes into a shared vision of the world. In these discussions, we welcome the perspective, opinion, and wisdom of all spiritual traditions and even those without any spiritual identity. We serve as a community of Human beings traveling the long road to rediscover and foster our own Humanness. And with such a vision, we hope to forge bonds, develop a sense of inter-dwelling, a widened circle of companions, and enjoy great cinema together. 

In these discussions, we will be following the guidelines of Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s Spiritual Alphabet. They provide a template for developing spiritual literacy, as well as, valuable resources and reviews on the films that are explored. 

Accompanying each film are subsequent material that will broaden the themes and vision of each film, in order, to give the topics real-world applications and focus. I hope that it will deepen the experience of each viewer. Drawn from TED Talks and Kriista Tippet’s On Being podcasts.

I: Into the Wild (Sep. 14th; Focus: Nature, Beauty, Yearning, and Transformation)

– Louie Schwartzberg: Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude.

– Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature.

– John Francis: Walk the Earth….my 17 year vow of silence.

ll: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Oct. 12th; Focus: Global Citizenship, Travel, Fat Soulhood, and Transformation)

– Pico Iyer: Where is Home?

– Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves.

– Hugh Evans: What does it mean to be a Global Citizen?

lll: Hector and the Search for Happiness (Nov. 9th; Focus: Compassion, Joy, Peace, Meaning, Inner Journey)

– Krista Tippet: Reconnecting with Compassion.

– Joanna Macy: A Wild Love for the World Podcast. joanna-macy-wild-love-world-2

– Karen Armstrong: My Wish-the Charter for Compassion.

 IV: The Tree of Life (Dec. 7th; Focus: Meaning, Contemplation, Silence, Vision, Meditation)

– Pico Iyer: The art of stillness.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn: Opening to Our Lives podcast.

– Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.

Introduction to Liberation Theology

Stephanie Gray and the Faulkner County Coalition for Social Justice led a book study on the book: Liberation Theology for Armchair Theologians.

This book is a great introduction to the history and practice of liberation theology. The focus of liberation theology is using the life experiences of the poor and marginalized to transform our study of scripture and church doctrine to more adequately address social ills and promote justice. The study mainly focuses on Christian liberation theology,  but towards the latter part of the study expands to liberation as a theme in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

The group met at The Morgan House (1926 Prince Street) on every other Wednesday starting on August 30.

August 30: Chapter 1- Resistance!
September 13: Chapter 2- Opening the Windows
September 27: Chapter 3- Liberation Theologies: What Are They?
October 11: Chapter 4- Early Proponents
October 25: Chapter 5- Liberation in El Norte
November 8: Chapter 6- The Faiths of People
November 29: Chapter 7- Moving beyond Liberation Theology

Spiritual Pilgrimage in a Multi-Faith World

A Christian priest in the Episcopal tradition, Reverend Daily is deeply interested in faith journeys of all seekers, within and outside the Christian tradition, and is happy to engage in informal spiritual friendship by email. If you are at a place in your own spiritual journey where an informal dialogue with another person might be helpful, feel free to contact Reverend Daily using the contact form below.

Humanistic Islam for the 21st Century

Muhammad Iqbal is the spiritual father of modern Pakistan, author of The Reconstruction of Islam. This session will be a skyped conversations with Farhan Shah (Oslo, Norway), a scholar of Iqbal developing his vision for Muslims seeking a progressive, humanistic Islam for the 21st century. Our topic will be the content and relevance of Muhammad Iqbal’s The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam to Islam and the world today. It is open to the general public and will be facilitated by Dr. Jay McDaniel of Hendrix College.

Sponsors: Al-Madina Mosque (Little Rock, Arkansas), Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network, and Widening the Circle.

Date: Sept. 30, 2017

Time: 10-12 pm

Location: Al-Madina Mosque, 12123 Kanis Road, Little Rock

Recommended Reading:

The Principle of Movement in the Structure of Islam

Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too?

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 9:00am  12:00pm
  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society (map)

Throughout the United States and Europe, and also in Asian countries, Buddhist and Christian are engaged in dialogue, not simply to learn about each other but to learn from one another.  Along the way they become Christians influenced by Buddhism and Buddhists influenced by Christianity, exhibiting what scholars call “double religious belonging.”  This three-hour workshop approached such dialogue from the vantage point of a Paul Knitter, former professor of world religions at Union Theological Seminary in New York, who is both Christian and Buddhist, author of Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian.  Our hope is that workshops such as this can help inaugurate ongoing discussions in Christian-Buddhist dialogue throughout the central Arkansas area.

Table of Contents of Knitter’s Book

Chapter One: Nirvana and God the Transcendent Other

Chapter Two: Nirvana and God the Personal Other

Chapter Three: Nirvana and God the Mysterious Other

Chapter Four: Nirvana and Heaven

Chapter Five: Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha

Chapter Six: Prayer and Meditation

Chapter Seven: Making Peace and Being Peace

Conclusion: Promiscuity or Hybridity?

A New Conclusion: Jesus and Buddha Both Come First!

Rumi Tuesdays: Interfaith Spirituality and the Arts


We will explore the theological and spiritual significance of spoken word poetry, live acoustic music, and recorded music.

When? Tuesdays from 4-5 pm

Where? Religion and Philosophy Commons, Hendrix College

  • January 30: Singer Songwriter, Ellie Black
  • February 6: Singer Songwriter, Daniel Grear
  • February 13: Spoken Word Poet, Liam Carey
  • February 20: NPR’s List of 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women: A Discussion (Bree Lyerly, Leah Headley, Mary Grace Bishop)
  • February 27: My Life in Rap (Phillip Fletcher)
  • March 6: Free Flowing Discussion on Music and Religion (Jay McDaniel)
  • March 13: Progressive Country Music: Its Social and Spiritual Significance (Laura Mortan, Aubrey Brink)
  • March 26: Metal Music: Its Social and Spiritual Significance (Sam Coker)
  • April 3: Rhythm and Blues: Its Social and Spiritual Significance (Derrick King)
  • April 10: Hip Hop and Rap: Its Social and Spiritual Significance (Remington Harris, Ellis Jones, Alex Scott)
  • April 17: Indie: Its Social and Spiritual Significance (Kaitlyn Lowe)