Toward Our Mutual Flourishing

Interreligious Relations conference comes to Ohio February 21, 2015

All Ohio Episcopalians and other ecumenical friends interested in stronger inter religious relations are invited to a daylong, statewide conference at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The consultation, “Toward Our Mutual Flourishing,” completes a year of study, reflection and action in the Diocese of Southern Ohio called for by the 139th diocesan convention last November.

Lucinda Allen Mosher, Ph D

Lucinda Allen Mosher, Ph D

The Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Commission has invited Lucinda Allen Mosher, PhD, a leading author and teacher in this field to facilitate the day. Our neighbors in the Diocese of Ohio as well as Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleagues will enrich our explorations greatly. We are excited that Bishop Tom Breidenthal will be with us for the gathering, and we anticipate involvement from several other presenters and church leaders.

At the conference, Mosher, author of Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness  (Peter Lang, 2012) will share some of the history of The Episcopal Church’s official engagement in interreligious relations – the stepping stones that led to what made our theological statement (2009) on this subject both necessary and possible. Drawing on her years of research and activism, Mosher will offer useful examples of and strategies for empathic collaborations between Christians and people of other faiths that inspire acts of faithfulness and mutual service in the world.

So, plan to spend a Saturday in the season of Epiphany with friends – old and new – boldly imagining what it will take for Episcopalians and others to open new pathways for mutual understanding, holy listening and lasting reconciliation in a state, a nation and a world of increasing religious difference.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Trinity Church on Capitol Square, Columbus
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Dick Burnett serves as the rector of Trinity on Capitol Square in Columbus, and as a member of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission of the diocese.