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A meeting of students and faculty interested in tutoring at the Northampton County Prison.  Thursday, April 19 @ 4:00p and/or Wednesday, April 25 @ 12:00 noon in The Dialogue Center, 661 Taylor Street.

This meeting will provide information about the project, procedures for prison orientation, and expectations for participants.  Tutoring focuses on developing reading, writing, and math skills and involves sessions with low security inmates to help them prepare for high school graduation or GEDs.  The Prison Project is offered to Lehigh students as a volunteer opportunity.

Contact Dr. Lloyd Steffen, Director of the Dialogue Center, at 610-758-3877 or email: lhs1@lehigh.edu.


Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14, 2018
Rauch Business Center - Room 291/292/293

The Dialogue Center along with the Northern Plains Ethics Institute and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH) will host a two day seminar in Lehigh's Rauch Business Center - Room 292.  The seminar "Controversies in Bioethics" will welcome a distinguished panel of scholars who will discuss controversies in bioethics.  See program.


Wednesday, April 4th at 12:10 p.m.
Packer Memorial Church


All are Welcome! The Chaplain's Office / Dialogue Center and the MLK Committee invite the entire campus community to join in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Mindfulness Meditation
Tuesdays at 
4:15 p.m. 
3rd floor loft of the Dialogue Center.

Mindfulness Meditation can calm the mind and body, relieve stress and anxiety, bring you into the present, and help develop compassion for self and others.  In this teaching, participants will learn the basic techniques and practice of mindfulness meditation.  Open to all.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Linderman Library - Room 200


Students, faculty and staff listened, discussed and actively participated in the "what's of" Anxiety during yesterday's event, 'Anxiety': a panel discussion facilitated by members of the Lehigh University Chaplains Office/Dialogue Center and the Lehigh University Counseling & Psychological Services in Linderman Library. 

"FEMINISM IN RELIGION"  A panel discussion
Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Global Commons - Williams Hall

Dr. Lloyd Steffen, Dr. Walead Mosaad and Rabbi Steven Nathan participated in the following event on February 1, 2018.

Some student groups-- the Lehigh University Multifaith Initiative and others-- along with the Center for Gender Equity-- are sponsoring a panel next week on "Feminism in Religion" at 4 pm 2/1/18 in Williams Global Commons.  Students and faculty will share perspectives.

Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.
University Center - Room 303

All are welcome!  Muslim commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice.  Leading the prayer service is the new Director of Muslim Student Life, Dr. Walead Mosaad.
The prayer service begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by social hour with coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Lehigh University Multi-faith Initiative (LUMI) presents:  LUMI Tea and Cookie Social.  This event will be a casual way for member of the Lehigh community to meet the Lehigh University Multi-faith Initiative Group (LUMI) and the mission they inspire.  
All are welcome!

Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
Dialogue Center - 661 Taylor Street

Students Discuss the Inter-Faith Spring Break Trip to Israel-Palestine

The Campus Community is invited to a pizza get together to hear students reflect on their experiences with the recent Inter-Faith Spring Break Trip to Israel-Palestine.  The trip involved 25 students, two faculty and spouses plus trip leaders, Lloyd Steffen and Rabbi Danielle Stillman.  The group met with people working for peace and justice in both Israel and in the  Palestinian Authority.  The event will be held in the Dialogue Center on Monday, May 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Information Meetings for Fall 2017 Participation

Wednesday, April 26 @ 4:10 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

These meetings will provide information about the project, procedures for prison orientation, and expectations for participants. Tutoring focuses on developing reading, writing, and math skills and involves sessions with low security inmates to help them prepare for high school graduation or GEDs. The Prison Project is offered to Lehigh students as a volunteer opportunity.

Better Together Day will involve multiple events - April 6-8 to put a spotlight on interfaith cooperation.   
Tea and Cookies and Dinner and Dialogue feature free snacks and free dinner respectively.
All are welcome no matter your religious or non-religious worldview. 
All events are free admission.
Schedule of events:
Tea and Cookies: 4/6/17 at 5-6pm in the Dialogue Center  
Feel Good Friday: 4/7/17 at 2:30pm at the Community Service Office.  Sign up here   
Dinner and Dialogue: 4/8/17 at 6:30pm in the University Center 308


After Charleston:  A Family Member's Hope in the Wake of a National Tragedy

Rev. Sharon Risher comes to Lehigh to share both her personal experience of losing loved ones to gun violence, racism and hate and her views on forgiveness and hope for creating a better, more just world.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

4:10 p.m. in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center


Avi Interfaith Shabbat

During Avi Interfaith Shabbat, there will be an Interfaith Shabbat Service.  In particular, this service will be an interfaith version of a Jewish ritual of sampling tree fruits to celebrate the New Year of the Trees.  Building off of the Earth theme, there will also be discussion on how our religious/non-religious worldviews affect our relationships with the Earth.  There will be a free dinner along with all the delicious fruit that will be eaten during the service.

Friday, February 10, 2017

6:00-8:00 p.m. in UC 303


Election Reflection

The Dialogue Center will host a gathering for the purpose of reflecting on the meaning of the recent election results.  Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen and Rabbi Danielle Stillman will be present.  Refreshments will be served.  This is open to all faculty and staff members as well as students.  All are welcome.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Dialogue Center, 661 Taylor St.


Lehigh Multifaith Initiative Dinner & Dialogue

Want to know more about your friends' religions?  What makes us different and what we all share?  Join us for dinner and guided dialogue.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6-7:30 p.m. in UC 308


Screening of 'of MANY'

Enjoy a free screening of this short documentary film about the interfaith friendship and cooperation between the rabbi and imam at NYU against the backdrop of 9/11 and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Rabbi Sarna and Imam Latif will be our guests for a talk-back and Q&A after the film. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center


Taylor Branch Lecture - "Voting Rights:  A Civil Rights Challenge Yesterday and Today"

Taylor Branch, noted historian and chronicler of the civil rights era, will discuss the issue of voting rights, a timely topic in our national political life.  The Dialogue Center is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center


Iacocca Internship in Rome, Italy - Summer 2016

Four students will travel to Rome from June 20 - July 31 where they will be assigned duties to help Lay Center staff with logistics for an international conference being planned on inter-faith dialogue sponsored by the College Theology Society (a United States-based academic society.  The Lay Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing students from different traditions together to learn from each other while they are studying in Rome.  Follow the experiences of the students on the tumblr site  iaccocarome.tumblr.com


Lehigh Multi-Faith Initiative

The Multi-Faith Initiative (MFI) is a new initiative on campus. It was begun in the fall of 2014 by a group of students from different religious backgrounds who actively want to know more about faith traditions other than their own, encourage dialogue and friendship between them, and work for more open inquiry and inclusiveness on campus. People of any and no religious background are warmly invited.  The MFI Constituion and By-laws can be found here.


Lehigh Prison Project

A Dialogue Center Program that arranges for Lehigh students (and anyone else interested) to tutor inmates at the Northampton County Prison in Easton.  This is an on-going project and calls for volunteers will be made every semester. 

Students will go through an orientation and a background check. Tutoring involves one-to-one sessions with inmates helping them prepare for high school equivalency exams or high school graduation.  Emphasis is on developing reading, writing and math skills. The Dialogue Center works with Marlene Gebhard and Mr. David Lothian, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Prison. 


Mindfulness Meditation Group

Beginner and experienced meditators alike are invited to join this weekly mindfulness meditation session.  The session consists of instruction, silent meditation, question and answer, and a brief walking meditation.  Feel free to come regularly or just drop in when you can.  The group is open to all and free of charge.  Mindfulness meditation has proved helpful to many in increasing relaxation, focus, empathy, pain management, and even immune system building!

Questions:  Rabbi Danielle Stillman, das514@lehigh.edu

Mondays 4:10-5 pm

Dialogue Center, 3rd floor


Of Mothers and Men

A play, put on by the Black Latina Movement, is a series of monologues that explore the varying relationships between women, their mothers, and the men in their lives.  This work is meant to pay tribute to the many paths these relationships often take.  It is believed that "Of Mothers and Men" will extend the conversation often prompted by The Vagina Monologues and offer diverse perspectives that often go unheard. The Dialogue Center is a co-sponsor of this event along with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Women's Center and the Office of International Affairs.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

6:30 p.m. in Lamberton Hall


Death on Hold:  The Pennsylvania Moratorium on Execution

Talk by Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. 

Monday, November 9, 2015
4:10 p.m.  Location tbd

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Dunham is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (philosophy) and cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he received the Jeffrey Crandall Award for commitment to public interest law. He has handled many pro bono capital cases, appeared many times in the national media, and has served as Executive Director of the former Pennsylvania Capital Case Resource Center as well as president of the Board of the Philadelphia-based Northwest Victim Services.

Sponsored by The Dialogue Center (Chaplain’s Office), Martin Luther King Celebrations Committee, Department of Religion Studies, Department of Political Science and  The Social Justice Scholars.


Trans Health Panel

The Dialogue Center is co-sponsor of a panel discussion and Q&A session centered around the issues relevant to transgender people in the healthcare system today.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, Room 466


My Italian Secret

Lehigh University screening of the documentary film, My Italian Secret, the Forgotten Heroes.  Discover the untold saga of Italians who risked their lives rescuing Jews and other refugees in World War II.  Admission is free and a panel discussion will follow. This event is supported by the Lehigh University's Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Student Life, and the Catholic Campus Ministry.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:30 p.m. in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center


Religion and the Environment

The Dialogue Center (Chaplain's Office), Jewish Student Center, Newman Center, Department of Religion Studies, Department of Political Science, and Environmental Initiative present a panel discussion focused on the role of religion in advancing issues of ecological concern.  Special attention will be given to the impact of Pope Francis' Laudato Si', the first encyclical ever dedicated specifically to the environment.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

4:10 p.m. in Room 200, Linderman Library


Spring Break in Rome! March 2015

This multi-faith trip, sponsored by the Dialogue Center, the Jewish Student Center, and the Catholic Newman Center, delved into the history of inter-religious dialogue in Rome.  Special attention was paid to the origins of anti-Semitism, Jewish-Christian Dialogue as a response, and contemporary manifestations of these topics as they relate to Muslims and other minority religious communities today. 

Check out the tumblr posts: http://springbreakinrome2015.tumblr.com/  

Spirituality Discussions

Difficult Dialogues

Dialogue with an Author