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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Observe a Holy Lent with the Jesus Seminar

The United Religions Initiative (URI) is hosting a series entitled "Our Neighbor's Faith". The first session is on Christianity this Sunday. I am one of the presenters so you'll be happy to know that the heretics will be well represented.

Later we will be hosted by our Muslim friends. Other faith traditions represented in our cooperation circle will also make presentations throughout the year. Here is an article about it in the Johnson City Press:

The Northeast Tennessee Co-operation Circle of United Religions Initiative will host the first of a series of conversations on Tri-Cities religions and faith traditions on March 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Johnson City Public Library.

The first conversation will focus on Christianity, Lent and the Easter season.

According to a release, non-Christians are particularly invited to this neutral and information only event for learning of some of “Our Neighbor’s Christian Faith.” Christians of all denominations are invited.

The Rev. Hal Hutchinson of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan St., will speak on Episcopalian beliefs and practices, and the Rev. John Shuck, of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton, will speak on the scholarly work of the Jesus Seminars. Other speakers also may be featured

Following the speakers there will be time for questions and answers, and an optional walk through at 5:15 of St. John’s sanctuary with explanation of the different areas of a Christian sanctuary.

Planned future URI conversations on “Our Neighbor’s Faith” will be on Buddhism, the summer solstice, United Nation’s World Peace Day and Islam’s most holy period, Ramadan.

URI is an internationally recognized interfaith network active in 78 countries with its global office in San Francisco. According to the release, the group seeks to cultivate and connect grass-roots change-makers across religious, cultural and geographic boundaries, harnessing their collective power to take on religiously motivated violence and social, economic and environmental crises that destabilize regions and contribute to poverty.

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