Kristin Hohman
Staff Writer

The Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative (LCSLI) is set to host a conference titled “Faith Meets Faith: Women in Abrahamic Religions – an Interfaith Dialogue” at LCCC. The free event will take place on April 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm, in the Spitzer Conference Center Grand Room.

Throughout the conference, a discussion will be conducted regarding the study of women in three of the world’s major religions; Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Women’s importance and function in these religions will be examined.

Featured presenters will include Rabbi Lauren Werber of the Temple B’nai Abraham, Reverend Mary Carson of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, and Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland Chapter Council on American Islamic Relations.

“The role and significance of women in Abrahamic religions have often been overlooked under the male-centered custom in religious traditions,” said LCSLI Director and Lorain County Community College Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Dr. Young Ko.

“The three panelists will address the significance of women in their religious texts and religious institutions,” said Ko.

The LCSLI supports fine arts and educational programs to commemorate the religious practices of Lorain County residents. These outreach programs include church tours, performances, and gallery exhibits.

Funded by grants from LCCC, the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, and the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, the initiative also documents the history, features, and current usage of churches, synagogues, and temples in Lorain County.

The upcoming event marks the second of its kind. The first Faith Meets Faith panel, “Buddhist-Christian Dialogue,” which took place last fall.

“I hope that the audience will have a new opportunity to learn the role and significance of women’s experiences as relational, embodied, and interdependent in the Abrahamic religions,” Ko said.  “Understanding religious diversity lies at the core of interreligious dialogue. We read and experience the world through the lens that the context provides us with. The lens formulates our assumptions with which we think,experience, and evaluate. Yet, the lens are not stagnant but transformational in the process of dialogue.”