Monday, April 9th, 2012, 9:00pm EDT
Are you comfortable discussing spirituality with your Hindu/Buddhist/Christian/Jewish/Muslim/atheist/agnostic/etc. friends? How can we share from the heart about the things that matter most, without feeling vulnerable or sliding into an unpleasant debate? This edition of Time4thinkers Live focuses on the delights and pitfalls of interfaith dialogue . . . and, as always, features your questions.
This is a Live Chat to celebrate the launch of Spiritual Interface, a new space on time4thinkers.com where our community can share examples of progressive thought – in other faith traditions, in contemporary science, or wherever they may appear. Check out the first Spiritual Interface post by our Live Chat guest, Shirley Paulson.
Shirley Paulson’s combination of Christian Science healing practice with a master’s degree in theological studies has opened the door to a number of valuable interfaith activities. She is currently representing the Christian Science Church on an observer basis at the board of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and is serving on the Faith and Order Commission of the NCC. Her lectures are designed primarily for classrooms. Professors without firsthand knowledge of Christian Science often appreciate the opportunity to have a knowledgeable and experienced speaker available for the class. Additionally, she gives talks for young Christian Science audiences who enjoy learning about how Christian Science relates to the wider context of Christianity. Shirley is currently the Head of Ecumenical Affairs of The Mother Church.
Sarah Talcott Blair is a third-generation Christian Scientist who became involved in interfaith work right out of college in 1999. She has worked in the field of interfaith cooperation and understanding ever since. She served as the first-ever Youth Programs Director for the United Religions Initiative (URI) and the coordinator of the URI’s Global Youth Cooperation Circle involving more than 350 youth activists from 55 countries around the world. Through her work with young people in the interfaith movement, Sarah designed, organized, and facilitated interfaith and intercultural youth retreats, workshops and projects in the USA, UK, India, Cyprus, Spain, Brazil and Peru, weaving together programs of interfaith and intercultural dialogue with community service and peace building activities. Sarah also worked as the Interfaith Education Officer at the University of Surrey, UK, where she co-designed and implemented a program of interfaith education on campus. She is now delighted to be a first-time mommy and also pursuing a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.
Clementine Lue Clark works with TMC Youth’s Global Team and helps organize the Youth Summits held internationally—mostly in Africa. Her professional focus has been on interfaith dialogue in post-conflict countries in Africa. She holds a Masters in Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University.