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Dinner series to examine Historical Connections on Middle East

A painting of Abraham's departure by József Molnár

Dinner series to examine Historical Connections on Middle East


The Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host its dinner series “Historical Connections” centered on the effects of the Reformation and the Catholic Church in America, and the Middle Eastern Conflict on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road, “provides opportunities for spiritual growth to all people on their journey toward God in an atmosphere of prayer and reflection.”

The cost is $38 and includes a talk presented by Raja Tanas, professor and chair of the sociology department at Whitworth University. He will provide the Middle Eastern geography of turmoil between sons of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, and their descendants. Tanas will present part two of his talk in October.

Tanas received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the American University of Beruit, Lebanon, and his doctorate from Michigan State University. He began teaching at Whitworth in 1983, and researches Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

For more information, contact Sister Mary Eucharista at (509)- 448-1224 extension 109.


Megan Carroll

About Megan Carroll

Megan Carroll is a senior journalism major and interdisciplinary arts minor — which combines her passions for music, theater and dance — at Gonzaga University. Her professional writing experience apart from FāVS includes work with Gonzaga’s Marketing and Communications department (Gonzaga News Service and Gonzaga Magazine), freelance feature and entertainment writing with local daily The Spokesman-Review, and freelance writing for Northwest Catholic Magazine’s website. When she is not writing, Megan enjoys hanging out with adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities at GU Specialized Recreation, singing in voice lessons or GU Concert Choir, dancing, enjoying the outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her wonderful friends and family. A Las Vegas native and avid hiker, she enjoys the beautiful scenery, change of pace and different climate in Spokane. She worshipped in the non-denominational Christian church throughout most of her life, but was recently baptized and confirmed a Catholic. Discussions surrounding interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism in coursework and beyond have led her to many religion reporting passion projects.

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