Renowned religious scholar Rabbi Rami Shapiro will give a lecture entitled “Seekers without Borders: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent” tonight at the Multicultural Center Theater, in which he will discuss the search for a universal truth.

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies and the Walter H. Capps Center, Shapiro’s talk will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and will address questions of morality and spirituality in a way that transcends religious boundaries. Shapiro will also discuss the idea of “perennial wisdom,” which includes the pursuit of a greater universal truth and is done in a way that does not come from the perspective of any singular religious belief system. Shapiro’s lecture will explore this concept by asking basic questions regarding the meaning of life as well as the source, purpose and future of one’s existence.

A prominent religious figure in the realm of American Judaism, Shapiro holds a Ph.D. in religious studies and teaches as an adjunct professor of religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also an award-winning poet, liturgist and essayist whose prayers appear in worship services across the country.

Shapiro has published several books discussing individual spirituality, including The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, The Devine Feminine and Ethics of the Sages. The renowned rabbi also writes a column for Spirituality & Health magazine and a blog called “ReligionNext”.


A version of this article appeared on page 1 of May 28, 2013′s print edition of The Daily Nexus.