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Oct. 3, 2013

Contact Monsignor Bernard McGarty at 608-796-3788 or Rabbi Simcha Prombaum at 608-784-2708 or csoarabbi@gmail.com.

MSGR. BERNARD MCGARTY AND RABBI SIMCHA PROMBAUM TO SHARE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE ON FAITH AND REASON AT WEBER CENTER OCT. 21

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Msgr. Bernard McGarty and Rabbi Simcha Prombaum will be at the Weber Center later this month discussing death, atheism, euthanasia, science, money, poverty, the holocaust, the future of religion, and other pressing societal issues as the two friends and prominent religious leaders share the stage to conduct an interreligious dialogue.

Scheduled for Monday, Oct 21 at 6:30 p.m., the event features McGarty, Visiting Scholar of Ecumenical Studies at Viterbo University, and Prombaum, Rabbi at Congregational Sons of Abraham. The conversation will be facilitated by Viterbo University President Rick Artman.

The context for the conversations comes from the recently published book, On Heaven and Earth, that contains 29 dialogues that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on faith and reason featuring Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a Jewish intellectual and biophysicist. The two shared their thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

“The intimacy of the Weber Center is a perfect place to hold our conversations,” said Msgr. McGarty. “Simcha and I have been friends for years and have a deep appreciation for each other and a real spiritual love.”

McGarty emphasized that despite the controversial nature of the topics, Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka were able to discuss how faith, reason and the willingness to share a conversation could lead to greater understanding on difficult issues. “Neither was trying to conquer one another and the resulting dialogues are incredibly rich.”

Prombaum and McGarty plan to follow the same formula.

“These are tremendously important topics and they should be important to everyone,” Prombaum said. “Our beliefs on death, religion, poverty, money, atheism, and so on says a lot about the way people live, how they look at the world, and our relations with others.”

The program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required and all seating will be general admission.

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