The Heresies of Difference”
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Deborah Countess LindsaySeptember 26-28, 2014 Camp Akita, Logan, OH
Rev. Dr. Deborah Countiss Lindsay is a respected voice on multifaith issues who has been invited to speak around the country on relationship building between people of different faiths. She recently earned her Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary, receiving the Excellence in Ministry award for her dissertation on bridge building between Muslims and Christians. The seminary faculty noted that her innovative work “sent ripples around the globe.”
Deborah’s ministry became focused on multifaith issues in the fall of 2010, when she preached a sermon criticizing a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Quran, Islam’s holiest book, on the anniversary of 9/11. The sermon went viral on YouTube and Facebook and was viewed by over a million people around the world. The experience gave birth to Deborah’s research on Christian-Muslim peacemaking.
Deborah has served on the clergy staff of First Community Church since 2005. She received the Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, Ohio. Prior to entering the ministry, Deborah was a respected television news anchor. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including two Emmy Awards and the Associated Press Award of Excellence.
Change and Transformation: The Heresies of Difference
Don’t think that God is as simple as we are. Don’t think that we can confine God into our categories. God is bigger than religion. God has given us many faiths but only one world in which to coexist.
— Rabbi Jonathon Sacks,
United Hebrew Congregations in the UK
What makes us different can be the catalyst for drawing us together, whether it be as people of a different faith tradition, gender, ethnicity or cultural background. Learning about other faiths and engaging with people who hold different beliefs is about much more than becoming educated and having a better understanding. Multifaith work enlarges our world, helps us to deepen our own spiritual lives, and plants the seed for a more peaceful and loving world.
When we are exposed to people of different religions or “the other” in any context, we fall into faulty thinking patterns. This happens to even the most open-minded among us. Dr. Deborah Lindsay, our retreat facilitator, calls these patterns “the heresies of difference.” They distort our thinking not only about other faith traditions, but also our own. As we navigate difference and challenge perceptions, we are able to grow in our own spiritual practice and belief. This is deeply personal, heart-centered work. As part of the retreat, Deborah will discuss findings of her doctoral research on Christian-Muslim bridge building.
This September, surrounded by the beauty of the Divine creation at Camp Akita, prepare to learn, stretch and grow and leave the Women’s Retreat feeling liberated in your own thinking and your ability to connect with others!
Fees$130 Full Retreat Weekend $110 One Night or Saturday Only
After Worship Sunday registrations open on Sundays August 31, September 7, 14& 21
Registration deadline: Sunday, September 21
Weekend ScheduleFriday 4pm – Welcome & Check-in 6:30 pm – Dinner, Ice-Breaker, Fellowship and Bonus Activity! 10 pm – Optional walk under the stars Saturday 7:15 am – Welcome the Day, meditation or movement 8 am – Breakfast 9 am – Retreat Program 12 pm – Lunch Afternoon – Free time for hiking , socializing, creative expression or program-related activity 6 pm – Dinner 7:30 pm – Retreat Program Wrap Up 9 pm – Vespers & Communion on Vesper Hill Sunday 9:30 am – Closing the Circle at the lake
10:30 am – Brunch & Good-byes
What to Bring
- Sleeping Bag or Sheets / Blankets, Pillow
- All Toiletries
- Towel & Washcloth
- Walking Shoes
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