WOOD RIVER — A coalition of churches and interfaith organizations is seeking ways build bridges to foster understanding and acceptance of differences.
To that end, an interfaith dialogue, The Golden Rule: Uniting Faith Traditions, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability in Edwardsville.
The event is open to the public and free of charge. The center is housed in the geodesic dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and directions can be found on the center’s website or by using a mapping app and searching for the center’s name. Free parking is available in SIUE Visitor Lot B.
“As a starting point, we tried to think of what various faith groups might have in common,” said key organizer of the event, Karen Wilson of Alton, a member of College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Wood River. “We decided that we would begin with the position that nearly every faith group has a version of The Golden Rule in its system of belief.”
At the event, local adherents of five faith groups will share what their faith’s version of The Golden Rule means in their tradition. Those presentations will be followed by moderated questions from attendees as well as further conversation. The speakers for the event and the faith group each represents include Dr. Christopher Gourdine, assistant professor of management at Lindenwood University-Belleville (Baha’i); Ven. Haewon Sunim, abbot and spiritual director, Boundless Buddha Zen Society, St. Louis (Buddhist); the Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause, academic dean and professor of New Testament, Eden Seminary, St. Louis (Christian); Dr. James Croft, outreach director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis (Humanist); and Mrs. Maysa Albarcha, board member of the Islamic Foundation, St. Louis (Muslim).
The event is being sponsored by College Avenue Presbyterian Church and The United Presbyterian Church, both in Wood River; The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability in Edwardsville and Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis.
For information, call (502) 271-8929 or (618) 830-3704.