Interfaith forum April 23 at Tusculum College to explore how church and community can work together to address challenges

Posted on 18 April 2013 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Church leaders will come together to discuss how churches can work together with the community at large to address challenges in an interfaith, community-building forum Tuesday, April 23, at Tusculum College.

“The Church and the Community: Where Do We Stand?” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on campus. The theme for the event is “becoming empowered, inspired together.”

Leaders from local churches of various denominations have been invited to attend and participate in the forum, which will include a panel of local pastors and local religious leaders. Church leaders will share their expertise and visionary outlook in an open discussion of the future of Greene County, the church’s role in that future and how churches can work with the community to address challenges that will arise in the coming years.

The purpose of the event is to help foster interfaith development between churches in the community through panels, open dialogue, thought-provoking questions and their view of their role in the community from event planning to inclusiveness.

The forum has been organized by Tusculum student Vinton Copeland, a senior majoring in political science and minoring civic engagement from LaGrange, Ga. The forum is part of Copeland’s senior capstone project to meet the degree requirements for the civic engagement minor. Copeland, who will graduate in May, has been an active student leader on campus. He is a member of the President’s Society, serves as a resident assistant and started the Students for Christ Gospel Choir on campus, which has performed in local churches as well as in college events. He has served as vice president of the Student Government Association.

Tusculum students can receive arts and lecture credit for attending the event. Anyone in the campus community who would like to provide a dessert for the refreshment table is asked to bring it by Chalmers around 6 p.m.

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