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Scholar of interreligious understanding to speak at Flagler College on Sept. 25

Sep 5, 2017

Dr. Lucinda Mosher, a moral theologian who focuses mainly on interreligious understanding, will be delivering a talk at Flagler College on Monday, Sept. 25. She will be discussing the interplay between scribal traditions, certain visual arts, community narratives and stories of exemplars of holy living.

Her lecture, titled “Writing the Sublime: calligraphy, iconography, hagiography and the promotion of interreligious understanding,” is part of the Cecile and Gene Usdin Judeo-Christian lecture series.

“In this era of deeply divisive rhetoric and behavior, there is urgent need of models and methods of positive interreligious engagement,” Mosher said.

This year’s Usdin series speaker is assistant academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar and faculty associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary. A theologian in the Anglican tradition, Mosher is founder president of Neighbor Faith Consultancy — a full-service agency helping individuals and institutions meet urgent multi-faith challenges. She is a member of the Atlantic Institute Jacksonville executive committee and the Omnia Institute for Contextual Leadership resource team, and also counts the Episcopal Church Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations among her clients.

Mosher is the author of “Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness” and “Faith in the Neighborhood.” She has contributed chapters to “Teaching for a Multi-Faith World,” “The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter,” and the encyclopedia “Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History.” She is also the co-editor of the “Christian and Muslim Perspectives” series from Georgetown University Press and and guest editor of the “Teaching Theology and Religion Special Issue: Multi-faith Theological Education.”

The Cecile & Gene Usdin Judeo-Christian Lecture Series is made possible through a generous endowed gift to Flagler College from Gene Usdin, M.D., a former president of the American Psychiatric Association and a clinical professor of psychiatry at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. His love of St. Augustine inspired him to give back to the community by fostering dialogue about Jewish and Christian principles.

The lecture will take place in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not required. Sign language interpreters are provided. Call (904) 819-6400 for more information.

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