Visit and Lecture


On Dec. 1, 2016, Teny Pirri-Simonian organized a visit and lecture at for her “Thinking Through Religion” course at Webster Geneva Campus. is an NGO that focuses on “Dialogue, reflection and action for responsible leadership.” The students travelled to the Ecumenical Centre to hear the executive director of, Dr. Obiora Ike, give a lecture on African Traditional Religions, which was attended by community members and other executives alike.

Dr. Obiora Ike’s lecture was as energetic as it was informative. He brought African traditional religions alive with his folk stories, while explaining the backbone of their faith: belief in God among smaller gods, respecting the earth involving conscientious land ownership, and a substantial family focus.

Students in the course have studied Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and science in an effort to challenge, question and think critically about their teachings and global impacts. The trip to continued this endeavor, by providing the opportunity not only to learn about African traditional religions, but also to learn about ethical principles derived from outside the religious sphere. and Dr. Obiora Ike hosted a generous event, and we are very thankful for their willingness to share their expertise as well as their hospitality.

Story: Ryan TeKolste, Study Abroad Student, St. Louis
Pictures: Dr. Ignace Haaz,