2013 Session 2

Our Common Baptism: Rites of Initiation and Catechesis

The Rev. Beverly R. Piro, ELCA There has been remarkable convergence among Christians regarding the role of baptism – both theologically and in practice. This seminar explored the ecumenical significance of our rites of initiation into the Christian community, with a special emphasis on the recovery of the formative … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 3

Mary in Ecumenical Perspective

The Rev. Dr. Maxwell Johnson, ELCA The last several years have brought numerous dialogues, documents and discussions about the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the churches. Roman Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans and others have done fruitful work. With us to lead a seminar on Mary in Ecumenical Perspective was … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 4

The Road to Busan: WCC 10th World Assembly 2013

The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, UCC Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, UMC This seminar provided information about the preparation and participation of US denominations in the upcoming Assembly. There will be discussion of the theme: “God of life, lead us to justice and peace” and sharing of documents that are … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 5

Religious Liberty: Starting Points for the Conversation

The Rev. Dr. James Childs, ELCA, Trinity Lutheran Seminary The Rev. Dr. John Crossin, OSFS, RCC Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman, Mennonite, Methodist Theological School in Ohio This seminar offered an explanation of religious liberty as understood and interpreted by their respective Christian traditions as well as implications.

2013 Seminar 6

Abrahamic Traditions: Tri-Faith Initiative

  • Dr. Syed M. Mohiuddin, President of the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, and Head of Medicine at Creighton University
  •  The Rev. Canon Timothy Anderson, from the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
  •  Rabbi Jon Meyers, from Temple Israel
The Tri-Faith Initiative is a remarkable joining of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Omaha, NE. The three … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 7

Creating Communities of Respect

The Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, CC(DC), National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff “Tolerance” is a word that has no place in our faith vocabulary. Tolerance means, “Since I am such a nice person (just a minute while I pat myself of the back) I suppose I can tolerate (put up with) you. … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 8

Campus “Oval” Dynamics: Responding to Bias Language

Panel of students and leaders from The Ohio State University Case study: Campuses/universities often have a public space, where the First Amendment applies. So, anyone can speak in this space. What often happens is that students pass through the area, and are confronted by bias and accusatory language. How might … Continue Reading ››

2013 Seminar 9

What Does the Lord Require of Us?

Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, UMC, Moderator of a panel Challenging religious and gang culture in prisons through interfaith communities and restorative justice. The Horizon Program is one of the most innovative and transformative prison programs. It brings prison residents from many religious perspectives in a 10-month experience of recovering their … Continue Reading ››