Interfaith discussions planned Sunday at SLO church

Local leaders of the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Vedic, and Buddhist faiths will join for a pair of interfaith discussions Sunday morning at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo.

The panel discussions will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the church, 1701 Fredericks St.

The church has been sponsoring discussions featuring individual speakers on different religions, and this will allow a broader, back-and-forth exploration. The series has been “a great success,” according to church leaders, with more than 150 people present at each event.

However, “we wanted to have everyone in the same room at the same time to ask them questions about how the faiths are different and how they work together,” said the Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Mt. Carmel’s pastor.

Cal Poly religious studies professor Dr. Stephen Lloyd Moffett will moderate the panel. He said people often want to put their religious and cultural differences under the table when talking about God.

“But differences are OK,” he said. “The greatest thing you can do is show people of sincere faith talking to one another in ways that are respectful and rigorous.”

For more information, contact Carol Harvey at 544-2133 or e-mail her at info@mtcarmelslo.org.