Workshops, Forums, & Quiet Days
An excellent facilitator of ecumenical and inter-faith conversations,
and inductive educator in matters of faith and daily life, Lucinda Mosher has
been invaluable to our clergy and congregation as we have sought to understand,
appreciate, and work together for justice and peace with the diverse peoples of
faith in midtown Manhattan.
—The Rev. Amandus J. Derr
Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church (NYC)
Lucinda's workshops, forums, and quiet days, which explore the intersection between faith and reason from many angles, have been offered in diverse venues: Episcopal and ecumenical seminaries, Episcopal and Reformed Church preparatory schools, Catholic colleges and universities, and churches of various denominations (Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian-Universalist) in the US, England, Italy, and Uganda.
Lucinda has particular skill in teaching about Christian theology and practice in conversation with the beliefs and practices of other religions. She is knowledgeable, flexible, ready to craft the educational experience you need. What would be good for your venue? Descriptions of some of Lucinda's offerings during the past decade may give you some ideas:
Basic (and not-so-basic) Christianity
The Christian Mosaic
Christians are those who “believe in” Jesus. But, what we believe, how we practice, and how we organize ourselves is quite varied. How might we sort this out and understand how our particular “flavor” of Christianity fits into the bigger picture? Perhaps “it all comes down to a bath and a meal.” We’ll start with our two defining and constitutive practices: baptism and communion. From here, we can learn more about other core doctrines and practices.
All Will Be Well
“Sin is necessary,” asserts Julian of Norwich; “but… every kind of thing will be well.” That’s the essence of the Christian story. But, how does the making of all things well come about, and for whom? And, for Christians, the subtext of our question is: who and what is Jesus?
“And God Stepped Out On Space”
Creation, God, and Evil. An exploration of the Christian doctrine of God, given the problem of the origin and continued presence of evil.
God-Talk and Revelation. Before there can be “God-Talk” (i.e. theology), there must be “God talking” (i.e. revelation). We will explore this—and theology’s many modes of discourse.
Cathedral: Testimony of Faith
It has been said that cathedrals (like bishops themselves) are “embodied centers” of teaching, sacramental leadership, and pastoral ministry. Let’s explore this notion, and learn something about history, sociology, and the arts as we do.
Early Christianities; Early Christian Thought
Let’s learn about early Christian diversity and what it has to do with “the Road to Nicaea”—the process from which we got the Nicene Creed.
Faith, Reason, and Social Action
What are the ethical implications of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Lord’s Prayer, the Baptismal Covenant, the Sermon on the Mount, or the Ten Commandments.?
“For the Sake of Peace and Gladness”
Practices of Forgiveness in the Christian Tradition. How do our practices of purification and atonement render future redemption present, and sustain the world in hope? (Also offered as a comparison of Jewish and Christian understandings and practices.)
Mystery and Mysticism
Exploration of what Christians have meant by “mystery” theologically and liturgically, and its relation to practice, devotional literature, and Christianity’s contemplative tradition.
Through scripture, visual art, story, and poetry we will learn about and from Mary Magdalene as beloved companion, apostolic witness, center of controversy, and wise leader in the early Christian community. We learn about the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene: what it is; why it matters. We consider possible liturgical implications of remembering her as Myrrh-bearer and Apostle to the Apostles.
Portraits of Biblical Women
A fresh look at women in the Bible such as the eloquent Shulammite of the Song of Songs, the Samaritan who proved herself to be Equal to the Apostles. Hannah, Martha, and others.
What Makes Us “Anglican”?
What does it mean to be a via media both catholic and reformed, which values the notion that “praying shapes believing”?
Faith in the Neighborhood:
Understanding America’s Religious Diversity
Christians often struggle with questions raised by the increasingly obvious religious diversity of America’s neighborhoods—where we often live side by side with adherents of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bahá’í Faith, Zoroastrianism, Shinto, and Afro-Caribbean, Native-American, and traditional Chinese religions. Learn what goes on in their buildings, what they believe, what their weddings and funerals are like—and more! Choose a specific religion, or on two or more (comparatively or as a series). Religious diversity field trips are often possible.
Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: the Episcopal Church and Religious Manyness
An introduction to the interfaith-relations documents and activities of the Episcopal Church; dialogue theory and practice; and models of interfaith engagement.
Christians and Muslims need to understand each other a whole lot better than we do! So much misinformation abounds. Where to begin? After “Islam 101 for Christians,” we might move on to learn what’s in the Qur’an, what’s the difference between Sunni and Shi‘ah, where Sufism fits in—and much more. Lucinda Mosher also teaches various models and methods of Christian-Muslim dialogue.
Jesus and His Mother as Muslims Know Them
Jesus and Mary have been called simultaneously bridge and gulf between two massive, complex religion-communities.Find out what the Qur'an says about them, the meaning Muslims make of Mary and Jesus, and how a "Muslim Gospel" can be distilled from the vast and diverse trove of Islamic literature about Jesus.
Lessons from Sinai
Using the work of acclaimed artist Tobi Kahn's series of paintings Standing at Sinai as a point of departure, we explore meanings of the Burning Bush, the notion of covenant, the Ten Commandments, Transfiguration. what is meant by God's glory.
Renewing Our Pledge: The Episcopal Church and the Muslim Call for Dialogue
Learn about A Common Between Us and You--a pan-Muslim call for dialogue with Christians, responses from the Anglican Communion, and the Episcopal Church's own engagement with Islam and Muslims.
In recent years, it has been commonplace to group Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as “the Abrahamic religions”. What meaning does each religion make of Abraham? What are the advantages and problems of “Abrahamic religions” as a construct?
Writing the Sublime: Calligraphy and Faith
Jewish, Christian, & Muslim Calligraphy in Dialogue. Learn about the roles and practices of the calligrapher in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and reflect upon the work of artists within each religion who have taken the extra step of collaborating on works of calligraphic art which combine these traditions.
Holy Looking; Holy Listening: Religion & the Arts
Image and Imagination
Religion & the Visual Arts. Study interesting, even provocative art from the Christian tradition or from other religions, or works informed by deliberate interfaith conversation on the part of the artist. We’ll use perception exercises, discussion, contemplation, and journaling to consider lessons these works hold for our spiritual journey.
Visual art through the centuries helps us explore the theological doctrines of Incarnation, Epiphany, and Faces of Jesus.
The Beauty of the Infinite
Drawing upon David Bentley Hart's The Beauty of the Infinite, we Investigate the relationship of beauty to Christian theology through artists' interpretations of God-as-Triune, or depictions of Genesis creation narratives, or portraits of Jesus and the grand moment of Incarnation. In the process, we will also consider the Ten Commandments' prohibition of "graven images".
“Whither Thou Goest”
Text, Images, and Song. The Book of Ruth is short, elegant, and provocative. Let’s study it through visual art, Jewish and Christian commentaries, and song.
Audio Divina: Listening to Sacred Text
“The one who sings prays twice,” says St. Augustine. But music can aid the listener’s prayer, too! Learning about practices of liturgical reading of scripture, chanting of sacred text; or the setting of scripture or devotional poetry to song; and how music helps to convey theological messages.
“With voice and minstrelsy extol God’s majesty”
Reflections on Anglican Hymnody. Explore the place of hymn-singing in spiritual discipline, in personal piety, in our understanding of the way the universe is and functions in relation to God, and in Christian formation.