The Eighth Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue, sponsored by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in the Gloria Dei Worship Center on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main Street, Columbus (Bexley), Ohio.

This is the first year that the lecture will be held at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, one of the seminaries of the Theological Consortium. The lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.

The title of the lecture is “Conversion and Conflict: Reflections by a Greek Orthodox Bishop and Response by a Muslim Scholar.” The speakers will consider the historical relations of the two faith traditions and their approaches to the notion of conversion – ranging from mutual peaceful tolerance to violent hostility – and will examine how these two traditions may move from the turbulent present into a peaceful future based on the positive contributions of current dialogue.
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, will give the lecture. He is renowned for his ecumenical and interfaith work, including efforts to improve relations between the Turkish and Greek communities in Chicago, for which he received the Fethullah Gulen Award from the Niagara Foundation.

Mr. Azam Nizamuddin, J.D., will give the response. He is principal of The Law Office of Azam Nizamuddin, P.C., in the Chicago area, and teaches Introduction to Islamic Law (Sharia) in the School of Law, Loyola University Chicago, as well as courses on Islam and History of Islamic Thought in Loyola’s Department of Theology.

For directions to Trinity Lutheran Seminary or more information, call the school at 614-235-4136 or visit