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International Women’s Day Film Screening
March 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
“Same God” Film Viewing & Panel Discussion
In December 2015, the political rhetoric against Muslims was escalating. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, an African-American political science professor at Wheaton College—a prestigious evangelical school outside of Chicago—wanted to show support for Muslim women. She posted a photo of herself in a hijab on Facebook. “I love my Muslim neighbor,” she wrote, “because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity….we worship the Same God.”
Within days, Wheaton’s Provost suspended Dr. Hawkins, eventually moving to terminate her tenure. Were the school’s actions a move to protect its Christian theological purity, as it insisted? Or was it, as some suggested, the result of racism and Islamophobia?
Following the journey of Dr. Hawkins, “Same God” reveals the flaws in dogmatic Christianity, the cost of speaking truth to power, and the amazing strength of a woman standing by her convictions. It’s a tale of David and Goliath, a testament to the power of faith.
After the film screening, an interfaith panel of religious leaders, including the Rev. Andria Skornik of All Saints Episcopal Church, Portland, will speak to religious and racial issues.
Suggested $7 – $10 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) or online.