INTERFAITH DIALOGUE SERIES TO EXPLORE RELATIONSHIPS, DIVERSITY
(CINCINNATI) – St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati and the Clifton Mosque will host an Interfaith Dialogue Series with four evenings of dialogue encompassing all three locations and faith traditions, beginning on Wednesday, February 22, and continuing through March 22.
The series, also sponsored by Franciscans Network and the Council on American Islamic Relations Ohio (CAIR), is part of an interfaith dialogue series began in Cincinnati in 2007 in an effort for Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others to better understand what God is doing among us.
“As religious diversity grows in our society, it is of paramount importance that people of different faiths get to know one another,” says the Rev. Roger S. Greene, rector of St. Timothy’s. “Otherwise, we will be afraid of what we don’t know, and fear often leads to violence. We need to take the time to listen to the stranger and discover the treasures they bring to us. As it is written, ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers … for by doing so some have entertained angels unawares.’(Hebrews 13:2) ”
The sessions, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will include a brief presentation of the scheduled topic by each of the three faith communities, as well as small group conversations and tours of the worship spaces. All are welcome for any of the sessions, which are free.
The dates and topics:
FEBRUARY 22: INTRODUCTIONS TO THREE FAITH TRADITIONS St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., 45255; www.sainttimothys.com
MARCH 8: PRAYER AND DEVOTIONAL PRACTICES Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, 720 Barg Salt Run Road, 45244; www.cincinnatitemple.com
MARCH 15: THE ROLE OF WOMEN Clifton Mosque, 3668 Clifton Ave. 45220 www.cliftonmosque.org
MARCH 22: EXTREMISM St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., 45255; www.sainttimothys.com
The series has been organized by Patricia Rose, director of spiritual development at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church; Acharya Kailash Sharma, chief priest at the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati; and Karen Dabdoub, the executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Cincinnati Office.