Interfaith leaders to speak at Christ Church

Robertson James/ContributedWATERTOWN — Leaders of interfaith dialogue in each of the three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam will speak during worship services over the next several months at Christ Episcopal Church, in Watertown.

The first, attorney James K. Robertson of Watertown, will speak as part of the Sunday morning Eucharist, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  As part of the annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed from January 18th to the 25th, he will speak about his domestic and international experiences promoting interfaith dialogue and peacemaking.

A graduate of Watertown’s Taft School,  Robertson is an honors graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a graduate of Hartford Seminary, which he served many years as a Trustee.  He is a partner in the law firm of Carmody & Torrance.

Having served as moderator of the Watertown Congregational Church (UCC), he presently serves as Moderator of both the Connecticut Conference and of the national United Church of Christ.  He has represented Hartford Seminary on scholarly exchanges in Turkey, Syria, and Libya in connection with efforts to promote interfaith understanding and dialogue.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17th, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. M. Reza Mansoor, Hartford Hospital cardiologist and President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, will speak on the practice of penance in Islam with special reference to that faith’s observance of Ramadan.  The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut is a social, cultural and educational organization addressing such issues as homelessness, refugee resettlement and the contribution the Islamic faith can make to American life.

On Maundy Thursday, April 1st, at 7:30 p.m., Yehezkel Landau, Hartford Seminary Faculty Associate in Interfaith Relations, will speak on how a Jewish disciple would experience the Last Supper.  Mr. Landau has devoted his entire life to interfaith dialogue and peacemaking, first in Israel where he developed programs for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, later in this country where he developed Hartford Seminary’s Building Abrahamic Partnerships program.  This 8 day intensive course gathers equal numbers of Christians, Muslims and Jews in conversation and study of each other’s faiths, examination of common scripture texts, experiences with each faith’s cuisine and worship practices.

The public is invited to attend any or all of these events, to be held at Walker Hall, 50 DeForest Street, Watertown  (Next to the Congregational Church, across from the Old Town Hall.)

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