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    Despite all their differences, both Christians and Muslims share an ancient tradition of the mystic feminine—and even share a female prophet or two. Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, Bellarmine University will explore this female vein in a unique panel discussion on “Expressions of Feminine Spirituality within the Christian and Muslim Faith Traditions.”

    Based on a student research project from a graduate class on “Women, Mysticism and Liberation,” the discussion will feature the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, an associate professor of theology; Robin Abudiab, a neonatal intensive care nurse and an American-born convert to Islam whose husband, Daoud Abudiab, saw his Tennessee Islamic center and mosque bombed in 2008 by members of the Aryan Nations; the Rev. Emily S. Crouch, the assistant rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church; and Lamia Shnawa, an Iraqi-born Muslim who works with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a non-profit resettlement agency, and relative newcomer to the United States along wither sister, Hiba Shnawa.

    The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in Hilary's at Horrigan Hall, and it is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Additional information is available by contacting Jacque Gretchen Steubbel, graduate student in the MAS Program at

    The panel is sponsored through the Masters in Spirituality Program in the Graduate Department of Theology, and a grant from the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) at Bellarmine University.

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