The need for interfaith cooperation can be seen as simply in some of the statistics of Bartholomew County’s ethnic groups.
That’s how the Rev. Marc Vance feels. He’s pastor of Columbus’ St. Paul Episcopal Church.
He knows that the area’s Asian population has grown dramatically in recent years. Same for those from India and other regions of the world.
Generally, that translates to more diversity in the local faith community. And he believes more diversity leads to the need for more understanding among Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Unitarians, you name it.
That’s part of the idea behind St. Paul’s four-part series, Embracing Interfaith Cooperation, beginning at 9 a.m. April 27 at the church, 2651 California St.
Author Eboo Patel, a Muslim of Indian heritage and an American citizen, will speak and invite listeners to examine their own faith heritage as a starting point for joining those of other religions to transform the world. Other meetings will be at 9 a.m. May 4, 11 and 18, exploring interfaith cooperation in American history, and strengthening knowledge of various faiths.
“We (Episcopalians) have always been very broad in our theological perspective,” Vance said. “We’ve always embraced that breadth since the Reformation.”