Midweek Dialogues

SPIN Midweek Interfaith Dialogue resume Thurs., Sept. 11 with Rev. Mark Hanson. What does it mean to be faithful to a religious tradition while in respectful and engaged relationship with those of another tradition or no tradition at all? In what sense can one tradition be considered superior to others? How is an obligation to seek the conversion of others (“missionary imperative”) appropriate in a pluralistic context? This year’s SPIN Midweek Interfaith Dialogues will raise and address such questions under the theme: Religious Traditions Confronting Pluralism: A Multi-faith Exploration and Dialogue. The monthly sessions will be keynoted on Thursday, September 11, 12 noon-2:00, by a dialogue with the Rev. Mark Hanson, until recently presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Mark was also president of the Lutheran World Federation and earlier bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA. Mark will share his views and engage in dialogue with us about “the promise and challenges of interfaith relations,” both from his involvement in national and international levels of interaction, as well as from providing leadership for congregations and clergy as they live into the multi-religious context we all face. Sessions in October and beyond (second Thursdays at noon) will each feature several local religious leaders/clergy from different traditions and viewpoints in dialogue with each other, and all participants. Watch here for more detailed information or by email, and save your second Thursdays, noon – 2 p.m. for these interesting dialogue opportunities. All sessions are free, open to all and will be held at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105.