Kushner's talk, "Tales of the Mystical God: When the Sacred Appears Within the Everyday," is at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business dining room. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"For Jews, the problem is not whether or not you believe in God, but how often you are far away from and how often you are close to the Nameless One," said Kushner, the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. "These will be stories of ordinary events when we suddenly realize how close we have been."
The rabbi's two-day visit to campus is part of Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies' Scholar-in-Residence program. While on campus, Kushner will facilitate a discussion with faculty and staff; engage in text study with clergy and educators at Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport and speak to Dr. Ellen M. Umansky's "Introduction to Judaism" and "Women in Judaism" classes.
Kushner's most recent book is "I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego."
He is the author of 18 books, was the first chairman of Reform Judaism's Commission on Religious Living, and has served on the board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
He is also a serious impressionist artist specializing in urban landscapes.
There is limited seating. To reserve a seat, call the Bennett Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2066. For more information visit http://www.fairfield.edu/Judaic/js_lectures.html