Heidi Hadsell, president of Hartford Seminary and professor of social ethics, will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. She will discuss the interplay between the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Hadsell has a deep commitment to interfaith dialogue and engagement, believing that in today's religiously plural world, it is essential to understand and work with religions beyond one's own. She serves on a variety of boards that reflect her service in the international community and experience in theological education, including membership on the International Resource Panel for the Islamic Council of Singapore, and the Abrahamic Forum Steering Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Hadsell has done post-doctoral work at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, a master's degree from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Before coming to Hartford Seminary in 2000, Hadsell served as director of the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, Bossey, Switzerland. She taught at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, before joining the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she became dean in 1993 and professor of social ethics in 1994.

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Hadsell has published pieces on a variety of subjects, including ecumenism, environmental ethics, religion in Brazil, and ethics in a religiously plural world. She is co-editor of "Changing the Way Seminaries Teach: Pedagogies for Interfaith Dialogue" and of Beyond Idealism, which includes her article on "Ecumenical Social Ethics Now."

The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new members. Applicants are welcome to attend. Visit www.smcnc.org for more information or call membership chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.