The Interfaith Seminarian Retreat, also known as the SOFT program (Seminarians: Sharing Our Faith Traditions) is an annual dialogue facilitated by The Multicultural Alliance in partnership with COSTS (The Council of Southwestern Theological Seminaries). Seminarians and clergy of many faith traditions, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim, are gathered for a week-long retreat in which each participant is given the opportunity to express and inform others of his faith traditions, and gain valuable insight to the traditions of faiths other than his own. This retreat facilitates the promotion and acceptance of cultural and theological differences.
The 2016 Seminarian Interfaith retreat was Monday January 4 to Thursday January 7 in Pottsboro, Texas. It marked our 29th retreat.
The Resource Scholars, Dr. Robert Hunt, Rabbi Adam Greenwald and Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni, discussed the theme Prophets and Prophecy.
Invited seminaries and theological schools who are current in their COST: Council of Southwest Theological Schools membership are eligible for participation in the SOFT program. Staff members of participating seminaries will provide more information to students who are interested in attending SOFT.
Written by Dina Malki, Seminary Retreat participant, 2014