Source: The Daily Campus
On September 27, 2005 The Daily Campus reported, "Did God play a part in Hurricane Katrina? If not, why did He not prevent it from happening? SMU students and faculty gathered in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Friday to discuss different religious perspectives on the subject of divine mercy in disaster situations. The discussion marked the first meeting of the 2005 Interfaith Talk Series, organized by the Interfaith Dialogue Student Association, or IDSA. The IDSA promotes discourse among major religious groups, with emphasis on Abrahamic faiths, and encourages tolerance and empathy. Three speakers led discussion and each represented three different faiths."