Documentary screening and interfaith dialogue at UM-Dearborn June 23

June 13, 2008

DEARBORN / June 13, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a screening of the award-winning PBS documentary called “Prayer in America,” followed by a discussion of the program with a panel of interfaith religious leaders from the Detroit area, beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 23.

“Prayer in America,” originally broadcast in November 2007, is a two-part documentary exploring contemporary debates about the role of prayer through the lens of history, according to the producers’ Web site.

“The show examines the ways in which prayer has contributed to and continues to shape the American experience,” they said. “Through interviews with a wide-ranging group of scholars, writers, and experts on the history of religion and prayer in America, the documentary reflects diverse, and sometimes conflicting, perspectives that inspire viewers to examine the role religion and prayer play in their personal lives, politics, and culture.”

At UM-Dearborn, the program is part of the campus’s annual Worldviews Seminar, a weeklong program that is designed as an exploration of the beliefs and practices of the world's religions through lectures, seminars and visits to religious communities and congregations throughout the metropolitan area.

Other sponsors of the June 23 program include Detroit Public Television and the Interfaith Partners of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. The discussion will be taped by Detroit Public Television.

The event is free and open to the public; a meal will be provided so guests are asked to reserve a place by contacting Tanaya Parker of the Michigan Roundtable at 313-870-1500 or by e-mail at




CONTACT: Terry Gallagher
PHONE: 313-593-5518
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn