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Interfaith Trialogue returns

The adult Interfaith Trialogue Series is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, 2015. The theme for 2015 is Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Culture: Searching for Compassion and brings together local community and faith leaders to discuss the topic of race relations.

“This is an attempt for three faith traditions to try and tackle the tough subjects of our day,” said Bill Crowell, associate minister at Boston Avenue Methodist Church. “We will look at how each of our faiths deals with race in scriptures and the history of race within our traditions.” Crowell has served on the trialogue planning committee for more than eight years.

“It’s important for the community to talk together about difficult subjects. It’s important that we find ways like this in safe environment to have respectful conversations,” Crowell said. He emphasized that the trialogue events are a place to have an open and honest, but still respectful, conversation about race in our community.

The discussions will involve more conversation about public policy than in the past, he said. For example, how the issue of race impacts policies such as education, highway construction, geography and more.

Tulsans can attend as many lectures as they choose, and each lecture is free. During the first hour, a panel of religious leaders will discuss the topic from a scriptural perspective. The second hour will involve questions from the audience.

For more than 30 years, OCCJ has brought together Tulsans of various faiths for this annual series. The series seeks to tackle tough issues in a way that helps us live together with our deepest differences. For additional info, click here.

You can also read the Tulsa World article about OCCj’s trialogue here.

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