Washtenaw County is blessed with people who practice many different faiths and spiritual traditions. Our co-existence is dependent on mutual respect and increasing our points of caring contact. In this, the IRT’s 25th anniversary, we are working diligently to expand our base to include people from additional age groups and spiritual persuasions.
Our new Co-Directors bring a wealth of interfaith experience. Dwight L. Wilson was born a Baptist, is a graduate of a United Church of Christ Theology School, and has been a Quaker minister for more than 50 years. Renee Roederer is a Presbyterian minister, a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and has years of experience as a Community Chaplain in both religious and secular settings.
Among this year’s new initiatives are a series of intimate living room discussions and spiritually oriented book readings, an Envisioning a New World Conference planned by county middle schoolers, a multicultural panel of young people who will share what their religion means to them, reflection events for people who are “spiritual but not religious,” and a traveling classthat invites congregations to consider how to make their communities accessible and inclusive.
Continuing programs include the Day Forums, Thanksgiving Celebration, and the Children’s Choir Concert. We expect a short break from our popular Places of Faith and Faces of Faith programs as we gear up for a major 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 19, 2020.