The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do We Talk About Those Sticky Matters within Our Own Spiritual Tradition?

Interfaith dialogues and activities are happening all around, which is wonderful! What’s largely missing, however, is conversations among those of the same spiritual tradition. Discussions where we wrestle with internal issues, or things with which we don’t all agree are just as important. Every tradition has something to talk about. The Intrafaith Conversation is for those who want to identify their elephant in the living room and learn how to dialogue about it respectfully, creatively, and compassionately. Let’s start the new year from the core, talking about ourselves, who we are, and what we believe.

Rev. Susan M. Strouse is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves a congregation in Burlingame, CA. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 1987 and was ordained in 1989. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA in 2005. Her thesis entitled “Passing Over and Coming Back: What Does It Mean to Be a Christian in an Interfaith World?” became the basis of her 2015 book, The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do We Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters? Pastor Susan is a workshop and retreat leader on the subject of interfaith and intrafaith dialogue. In addition, she is one of the women profiled in the book, Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine.

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The Season for NonViolence

This event begins Sunday, Jan. 30 and for 64 days we can put our consciousness and attention on nonviolence. We know that what we pay attention to grows, so let’s grow nonviolence as a community. When you sign up to take part, you will receive a daily email with thoughts to contemplate. You will also receive a booklet to do daily journaling. We will be printing some booklets which you can pick up at the Center. 

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