Last Sunday, April 26, I was privileged to serve on a panel of religious leaders from Cincinnati, where we discussed the topic Finding Peace in a Time of Anxiety, which is part of a four-week series under the heading Turning to Faith. Other panel members included the minister at the First Unitarian Church, a representative from the Buddhist community, a member of the Baha'i faith community, and the bishop of the Episcopal Church, Southwestern Ohio District. Each of us shared from our different faith perspectives about how we are finding peace during this pandemic quarantine. I was grateful to share some of the practices I have been using which have come out of my faith tradition: meditative silence, simmering walks, and writing a journal. I have also been using queries, such as "How is God at work in the midst of the pain and struggle in this time of pandemic?" and "Am I using my time and God-given gifts to help others during this difficult time?"
This Zoom panel discussion was sponsored by the Brueggeman Center at Xavier University, and the Festival of Faiths of Cincinnati. Dr. James Buchanan, Director of the Brueggeman Center, was our host. I have had the joy of becoming acquainted with many of the spiritual leaders in Cincinnati because of my participation on the Steering Committee of the Festival of Faiths. It has been a wonderful growth experience learning about all of the various faith traditions in our area, and how we are all spiritually connected, despite our different ways of faith expression. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our traditional Festival of Faiths this year due to the pandemic, but each Friday morning we meet and are working on alternative ways that we can share our traditions remotely, all the time continuing to learn from one another.
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