Interfaith coalition sponsors first event on Mt. Washington


Last updated 9/8/2014 at 5:47pm

The Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition, a new grassroots organization seeking to convene the region’s diverse faith communities, will sponsor its first event on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Lucinda Mosher, director of the interfaith chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary, will speak on “Building Interfaith Neighborhoods” at St. Mary of the Mount’s Sullivan Hall at 115 Bigham Street in Mount Washington. Admission is free of charge. People of all faiths and all walks of life are welcome to attend.

Dr. Mosher, a moral theologian in the Anglican tradition, is the author of Faith in the Neighborhood, a book series on America’s religious diversity. She coordinates Hartford Seminary’s annual Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop and teaches courses on Christian-Muslim relations. She also serves as assistant academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar, an international Christian-Muslim dialogue of scholars founded in 2002 by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The event is made possible through the financial support of the Syed Farooq Hussaini Islamic Interfaith Network, the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, and Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania.

All those attending the launch event will be invited to coffeehouse gatherings later in September to continue the conversation.

“We believe harmony is key to healthy neighborhoods,” said Anne Wirth of the North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition, who is serving as the convener of GPIC’s organizing committee. “We look forward to meeting our neighbors across the city and helping to establish interfaith friendships.”

The Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition (GPIC) seeks to build bridges of trust, understanding, cooperation and respect, especially at the neighborhood level, in the greater Pittsburgh region. The group hopes to foster dialogue, share resources, deepen understanding, and strengthen community


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