Ecumenical seminar will explore the roots of violence
An ecumenical and inter-religious seminar on the "spiritual dimensions underlying the crisis in violence" will be part of a 13-15 November 2006 public event in Rochester, New York (USA) focusing on violence and the how faith communities can respond to it.
The seminar will take the form of an exchange between World Council of Churches' (WCC) Decade to Overcome Violence coordinator, the Rev Hansulrich Gerber, and a panel of leaders of the local Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian faith communities.
The aim is to attempt to get at the root causes of violence and to explore how faith communities can act together on its manifestations within and around them.
Other events scheduled in the two-day November programme include a 13 November multimedia presentation of the WCC's 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil; an ecumenical worship celebration with prayers, litanies and readings from the Assembly; and a 14 November workshop sharing stories of hope from Rochester and around the world.
After hearing from a woman church leader who lost a sister to violence, participants in a 15 November event entitled ìRaise up the foundations of many generations: churches respond to violenceî will learn about a plan to launch church forums on the spiritual and moral foundations of community.
The meeting is being sponsored by the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and the Rochester Friends of the WCC.