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Alworth Center for Peace and Justice

2014-2015 Lecture Series: Is Religion a Force for Good or for Ill?

With headlines covering fanaticism, fundamentalism and ignorance, organized religion is getting some bad press these days. Much of the conflict in the world -- from the Middle East to Nigeria to India - often is blamed on religion.  At the same time, it can be argued that religion has encouraged widespread cooperation across the globe and is an important force for peace, reconciliation and justice.   

So, is organized religion generally a force for good, or does it provide fuel that leads to conflict between and within nations?  This season's Alworth Peace & Justice Lecture Series explores these questions.   

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium. All events are free and open to the public.


Video Archive

To watch the videos from the past Peace and Justice lectures, please visit our video archive page.


The Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice seeks to bridge social and political barriers to bring together people of all ages and philosophies to work toward the common goals of peace and justice. The College of St. Scholastica is proud to offer this important resource as a service to our region. The public is invited to participate in Center activities and to utilize the resource center. Suggestions for future events are welcome.

The Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice is funded in part by the Manitou Fund, the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and Reader Weekly.

These lectures also have received special support from the DeWitt and Caroline Van Evera Foundation and from Mary C. Van Evera in memory of William P. Van Evera, former trustee of the College.

The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of The College of St. Scholastica or the co-sponsors of the series.

For more information call (218) 723-5940