There is an abundance of incivility, hostility and polarization in our community, our country and the world. The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) will host three specific events designed to explore ways to address this negativity from an interfaith perspective.
IACO’s Main Event on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. is the first of the three events. IACO will host an Interfaith Panel Discussion led by Professor Paul Numrich of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio and Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. Panelists will be Nicol Ghazi, Hari Narayanaswamy, and June K. Gutterman. The intent of the panel discussion – Civility in an Era of Hostility: An Interfaith Perspective — is to expand specific knowledge and further understanding of how various faith traditions address incivility through teachings and tests. This event will be held at Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus.
The second event, to be held in late October, will be a facilitated conversation designed for more intense discussion of the topic, with the intent to move those in attendance to explore from the perspective of Albert Schweitzer’s “reverence for life”. The third event, scheduled for early December, is IACO’s annual prayer gathering and potluck with the theme Care for Creation.
The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, now in its 33rd year, grew out of an interfaith service. In 1986 representatives from five religions: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish, called their constituents to a prayer service in Columbus. The call for prayer was to focus attention on the summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Between 1992 and 2014, four additional faith traditions: Sikh, Baha’i, Jain and Unitarian Universalists, were added to complete the nine faith representation of today. IACO’s purposes are to create an interfaith community based on understanding, friendship and trust; to educate adherents and the public about customs and practices of faith traditions; to provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies expressing local and global concerns; and to promote social justice, peace and human dignity.