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Executive Director Mike Pardee


Dear Friends of the Boniuk Center:

Our Tuesday, October 11 Sacred Sites Quest (SSQ) application deadline and first Bridge-Builder series event on Thursday, September 29th highlight our Boniuk Center programming this month. This newsletter also includes two more save-the-date notices for related upcoming events.

High school students interested in participating in the 2011-2012 SSQ need to apply online via the Boniuk Center website by Tues. 10/11. Click on the SSQ links in the drop-down menu on the left side of our webpage for more information about SSQ II and the process of applying to join.

The Rev. Jim Wallis will be our first Bridge-Builder speaker this fall. His talk on “Forging a More Civil Democracy: A Discussion of Faith, Values and Politics” will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thurs. 9/29 in the Dore Commons of James A. Baker III Hall on campus at Rice. Rev. Wallis’s presentation is sponsored primarily by the Baker Institute Student Forum, in collaboration with the Boniuk Center and several other event partners.

Rev. Wallis is president and CEO of Sojourners, an organization dedicated to articulating “the biblical call to social justice” and transformation, and Editor-in-Chief of its Sojourners magazine. He describes himself as a “progressive evangelical” Christian. Rev. Wallis is a prolific author, speaker, public theologian and activist, and an important voice among religious leaders today.

Wallis’s talk is free and open to the public; but an e-mail RSVP to bisf@rice.edu is requested before Thurs. 9/29.

Please also save the date of Thursday, September 15th for the “High Notes” program presented by Dr. Hussein Rashid at the MFAH’s Brown Auditorium Theater at 6:30 p.m. Scroll below for the flyer about Dr. Rashid’s presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Finally, we would like to announce the return of Zen master Miao Tsan to the Boniuk Center and Rice for another “East Meets West” dialogue on Wednesday, October 19th. Our previous East Meets West panel presentation featuring Master Tsan last fall was a smashing success. This year’s version promises to be just as good. We will update the details for this Weds. 10/19 evening event as they become available. In the meantime, please save this date and keep in touch with us—as always—at the Boniuk Center.

Sincerely, Mike Pardee
Executive Director