BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1/19/13 at 2:58 AM
Phillips Seminary to host conference on discourse
Phillips Theological Seminary will host a conference next week to explore what faith communities can do to restore civil discourse in the United States.
Nine speakers and two preachers will participate Wednesday and Thursday in the Re-Mind & Re-New Conference at 901 N. Mingo Road.
They include the director of a state conference of churches, a youth minister, a college professor, a city councilwoman, a disaster relief specialist and other public policy advocates.
"A community is only as healthy as its conversations," said Phillips President Gary Peluso-Verdend. "We've identified speakers who have been working to raise the quality of civil, meaningful conversation about issues that often divide."
The 7 p.m. Wednesday session is free and open to the public without registration. The Rev. Scott Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches in Sun Prairie, Wis., will speak.
Registration is $90 and includes all sessions and a Wednesday evening dinner. Dinner seating is limited.
For registration and details, go to tulsaworld.com/renew, or contact Mary McGilvray at email@example.com or 918-270-6405.
Lutheran World Relief CEO to speak in Tulsa
John Nunes, chief executive officer of Lutheran World Relief, will speak at two Tulsa events this weekend.
Nunes will address a multi-ethnic worship service at 6 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8730 E. Skelly Dr., with music from Latin American, Hmong, Liberian, Burmese, North American and other cultures. A 5 p.m. potluck will be held.
His subject will be "Fitting Pieces Together."
Nunes also will speak at the annual Martin Luther King Interfaith Commemorative Service at 6 p.m. Sunday at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
Rev. Hickman to speak during Week of Prayer
An ecumenical celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernard's Catholic Parish, 4001 E. 101st St.
The Rev. Ray Hickman, executive director of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries, will speak on the theme, "What does God require of us?" The theme was developed by Christians in India.
Series on interfaith dialogue, technology set
The 30th annual Interfaith Trialogue Series, on the subject of technology and the future of interfaith dialogue, will be held 2-4 p.m. on the first three Sundays of February.
Speakers from a variety of academic and faith backgrounds will discuss the issues at a different location each week: Feb. 3, Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, 2021 E. 71st St.; Feb. 10, Peace Academy, 4620 S. Irvington Ave.; Feb. 17, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, all sessions are free and open to the public.
A 30th anniversary dinner will follow the final session. Dinner tickets are $20 each. For reservations and more information, call 918-583-1361, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to tulsaworld.com/occj