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 Dialogues

Under the auspices of Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith:

Buddhist/Catholic

  • Co-chairs: Dr. Mike Kerse, Venerable Karuna Dharma
  • Meetings: Monthly at various Catholic and Buddhist sites, beginning with a vegetarian lunch at 11:30 a.m. and concluding by 1:30 p.m.
  • Participants: Open to clergy and laity
  • Current Topic: End of life issues

Evangelical Christian/Catholic

  • Co-chairs: Rev. Thomas Rausch, SJ, Dr. Mel Robeck, Jr.
  • Meetings: Periodic
  • Participants: Open to clergy and laity
  • Current topic: Currently reorganizing

Hindu/Catholic

  • Co-chairs: Mr. Roger Desilva, Brother Jnana
  • Meetings: Monthly, at various Hindu and Catholic sites, beginning with a vegetarian lunch at 11:30 a.m. and concluding at 1:30 p.m.
  • Participants: Open to clergy and laity
  • Current topic: The Mantra, the Holy Name of God

Priest/Rabbi

  • Co-chairs: Rev. Michael Wakefield, Rabbi Elliott Dorff
  • Meetings: Monthly at the University of Judaism
  • Participants: Restricted to Priests and Rabbis
  • Current topic: Scripture from Jewish and Catholic Viewpoints

 

Additional opportunities for Dialogue

 

Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC)

The Mission of the IRC is "To promote religious pluralism, diversity, and collaboration in Southern California."
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is a member of this Council and Father Alexei Smith currently serves as its President. The IRC is a unique model of interreligious cooperation and collaboration made possible by rich and diverse population of the region. Founded in 1969 as a conventional interfaith coalition of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, it soon welcomed the membership of the Islamic Community. Today the IRC fulfills the promise of it name with the participation of 14 world religions.

Meetings: Bi-monthly at various religious sites.

Participants: Each member religion is entitled to four official delegates (Catholic delegates are appointed by Father Alexei) who take part in the planning, decision making and implementation of all programs of the council.
www.irc-socal.org  |  email: council@irc-socal.org


Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC)

The purpose of this Council is to bring representatives of Christian communions together:

  • To affirm their oneness in Jesus Christ
  • To stand alongside of the oppressed and work for justice
  • To identify areas of human need
  • To explore the feasibility of needed ministries
  • To coordinate and evaluate all related ecumenical ministries
  • To nurture ecumenical relationships within the region
  • To encourage interreligious conversation and cooperation

Meetings: Bi-monthly on Thursdays from 10 a.m.to 12 noon at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Participants: Open to clergy and laity. The Archdiocese is officially an Observer at this Council, but takes an active role in all sessions and activities.
www.scec1.org  |  email: scec1@scec1.org


Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference

This is an organization open to all Catholic and Jewish women. Others interested in Interfaith Dialogue are also invited to attend. The goal of the conference is to promote understanding and good fellowship in the Los Angeles area between people of these two vital religious traditions.

Annual Conference: Usually held each year on Veteran’s Day (November 11), the Annual Conference features distinguished speakers from each faith to address a topic of mutual interest, followed by a question and answer session. Conference attendees spend the afternoon in small group dialogue discussions on the same topic.

Meetings: On November 11th of each year, alternating between Jewish and Catholic sites. The conferences are planned by a steering committee which meets monthly from January to October. If interested in serving on this steering committee, please contact Father Alexei.
www.catholicjewishwomenla.org  |  email: cjwcsocal@gmail.com


Faith and Order Commission

Faith and Order is that stream of the ecumenical movement which, through the promotion of theological study and dialogue, seeks to overcome obstacles to visible expression of the Christian Church's essential unity. The "classic" agenda of Faith and Order, in addition to examining the nature of unity itself, has revolved around what the World Council of Church's Vancouver Assembly in 1983 called "the three marks of a witnessing unity:"

  1. a common understanding of the apostolic faith and an ability to confess it together;
  2. a full mutual recognition of baptism, the eucharis, and ministry sufficient to allow common celebration; and
  3. common ways of decision making and of teaching the faith authoritatively.

Meetings: Quarterly, at the Disciples of Christ Seminary in Claremont

Participants: Open to clergy and laity


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