The ties concerning Japanese and Western Christianity ended up on entire display Tuesday when the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America frequented with Utah’s leading Roman Catholic leader.
Alongside one another, they — and associates of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable — pressured the value of dialogue and the will need for interfaith unity.
The meeting was section of the Salt Lake Metropolis stop by by Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis), the 1st trip to Utah by a Greek Orthodox archbishop due to the fact 2000, in accordance to information and facts from area Greek Orthodox leaders.
Tuesday night’s reception was hosted by Bishop Oscar Solis, who leads Utah’s 300,000-moreover Roman Catholics, at the Diocese of Salt Lake City’s pastoral center.
Afterward, the group toured downtown Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine.
In his remarks to the Interfaith Roundtable, Elpidophoros emphasised the which means and impression of dialogue in interfaith interactions.
The word “dialogue” in Greek commonly refers to “an extremely numerous array of realities,” a definition which he reported “resonates strongly” in an interfaith context.
“Dialogue turns into the crucial,” he mentioned, “in which we are all termed to dissolve our divisions, to recover hatred, to foster resilience, struggle versus prejudices … [and] promote peace and reconciliation.”
Elpidophoros stated the Greek Orthodox Church acknowledges variances but believes in cooperation and peace among the faiths. This signifies certainly listening to other details of watch and accepting frequent values.
Serious dialogue, Elpidophoros said, commences in households and communities.
“Make your faith, make your custom much more wealthy,” he explained. “The richness will come from the ecumenical values [of] listening to other folks [and] getting whatsoever is great.”
Solis explained Catholics observe the steering of Pope Francis in building human relationships with individuals of all other faiths.
These relationships “define the class of our eyesight and mission as a Catholic community,” he mentioned. “We arrived from a single God, and we are all young children of God. … And that is why we can simply see each other as brothers and sisters.”
Muslim tends to make her possess sacrifice
Elpidophoros gave unique many thanks to Zeynep Kariparduc, chairperson of the Salt Lake Interfaith Council and a Muslim female, for becoming at the event when she could have been celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, with spouse and children and buddies.
As a indigenous of Turkey, Elpidophoros said he understands the importance — in fact the sacrifice — of Kariparduc lacking aspect of the multiday Islamic holiday getaway.
He offered her with a silver medallion made in Istanbul that depicts Abraham, or Ibrahim (a prophet revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism) and spouse Sarah internet hosting a few angels.
He also gifted Solis with a silver cross manufactured in Istanbul.
Kariparduc said individuals of various religious backgrounds need to get to know 1 a further so they can be much better at practising their individual faiths.
Tuesday night’s meeting was essential, she mentioned, mainly because as faith leaders get together, so will their followers.
“Without every other, we can’t make a varied culture,” she mentioned. “Faith leaders participate in a quite critical job in set up[ing] tranquil societies.”
‘Keep alive our identity’
In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Elpidophoros said it’s critical for him to pay a visit to just about every state and parish in the U.S.
In Salt Lake City, he mentioned, there are two substantial parishes, “so we experienced to appear.”
Even though the Greek Orthodox community in New York is throughout the place, Elpidophoros stated those people associates have a great deal in frequent with their Salt Lake Metropolis brothers and sisters. Many of them have ancestors who arrived to the U.S. chasing the American dream they pray, go to faculty and accomplish in cultural situations collectively.
“The church is for us constantly the area exactly where we maintain alive our id,” he claimed, ” … [our] cultural, linguistic and religious identity.”
At the exact same time, Elpidophoros reported, every parish adapts to its point out and neighborhood in diverse strategies. That is why he needs to learn firsthand about the desires and anticipations of just about every parish.
Additional conferences await
Elpidophoros’ historic stop by this 7 days arrives as Utahns mark the entrance of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley some 174 decades back.
It is “a small little bit unprecedented” for an archbishop to go to a single area for virtually a 7 days, stated the Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, the presiding priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Better Salt Lake. “So we’re extremely excited and sense pretty honored for this to be using location.”
All over his visit, Elipidophoros is meeting with a amount of top rated governing administration and religious leaders.
He’s scheduled to meet up with Wednesday afternoon with Gov. Spencer Cox, and Thursday early morning with the governing 1st Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. He is scheduled to meet with Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, on Saturday.
The archbishop also will commit time at Wasatch Entrance Greek Orthodox churches, like Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City, Prophet Elias in Holladay, St. Anna in Sandy and Transfiguration Church in Ogden.
Nikas stated he and other Utah Greek Orthodox leaders will apprise Elpidophoros of the community’s philanthropic do the job, as properly as progress on the church’s proposed $300 million Greek City to be built all over Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Nikas claimed Elpidophoros, who was installed in his new position in 2019, is a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor. He designed headlines last 12 months when he participated in a Black Lives Issue protest in Brooklyn.
“It is our moral obligation and obligation to uphold the sanctity of every single human being. We have faced a pandemic of grave bodily illness, but the spiritual health issues in our land runs even further and should be healed by steps as properly as terms,” he instructed the Greek Reporter at the time. “And so, I will proceed to stand in the breach together with all those people who are committed to preserving peace, justice and equality for every citizen of goodwill, no matter of their race, religion, gender or ethnic origin.”