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Buddhist and Christian Dialogue

Greetings WAC Community,

For several years now, we, in the Wyoming Association of Churches, have been engaged in a long conversation about whether or not to become Interfaith.  Some are ready to jump in, do it now, welcome all religious traditions in Wyoming; others of us are slower thinkers in the process, thinking we are more than willing to participate in friendly conversation with all religious traditions that desire to engage in meaningful dialogue and constructive work; however, we feel we should remain Christian.  After all, most of us are members of the church, Christian, bound together in baptism.  We are not members of the ecumenical community to evangelize, or be evangelized by other members, or other religious groups, but we come together to serve God’s good purposes here on earth, especially in our state, Wyoming.

To encourage meaningful religious conversation, we have invited Rob McNamara to be our guest leader for the Buddhist and Christian dialogue.   Rob is an Integral Dharma Holder and Buddhist Zen Monk.  He has authored several books; and, best of all, has agreed to come to Casper, Saturday, November 12, to guide us in conversation about Buddhism and Christianity.

A general schedule of the day looks like this:

9:30 -10 am Registration

10 am  Welcome and Introductions

10:20  Foundations of Inclusivity

11:00  Buddhism and Christianity, an Inter-Faith Exploration Lunch

1 – 2 pm  Becoming Inter-Faith: Going beyond Ecumenical

2 – 2:45   Integrating Learnings & Next Steps

3 p.m.  Leaving for home

This day of learning is at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Casper.  Cost:  $35.00.  Please take a moment — as in right now! –to register online at:  https://www.wyointerfaith.org/.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Doug Goodwin, chairman of the Spiritual Life Team

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