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EquaSion Dialogues

EquaSion hosts conversations among civic leaders of diverse faiths and invites community partners to provide education on a range of human relations and social justice topics. These dialogues, which engage both the heart and mind, promote greater understanding, empathy, and collaboration in the pursuit of a compassionate community.

EquaSion’s most recent Dialogue on “War in Ukraine: Shaping an Interfaith Response to an Epochal Event” from June 30, 2022.

The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Richard Harknett, Director of the University of Cincinnati School of Public and International Affairs, who offered a sobering & insightful analysis of the war in Ukraine & its geo-political implications. A special thank you goes to Ukrainian-born Oksana Zhuravska for sharing information on the needs of the Ukrainian refugees & community members locally; artist Brian Snowden for donating his painting “Nightmare in Ukraine” to raise money for the Merefa Ukraine Fund through the Wilmington Yearly Meeting (Quakers); & Sylvia Stevens, Vice President for External Programs of Wilmington College (WC), for hosting the event at the WC Cincinnati Branch campus.
Join EquaSioners’ efforts to help vulnerable Ukrainians.
• Go to https://www.hope4ukraineproject.org/ for local events & ways to offer support.
• For information on how to assist Ukrainian refugees in the Cincinnati area, please contact CK Wang at charlestonwang@wanglaw.net or Oksana Zhuravska at oksana@wanglaw.net.
• To donate directly to humanitarian efforts on the ground in Merefa, Ukrainian sister city of Wilmington, OH, mail a check to Wilmington Yearly Meeting (Quakers) & include “Merefa, Ukraine” on memo line. Mail your donation to Wilmington Yearly Meeting, Pyle Center Box 1194, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177.
EquaSion Dialogues will resume in the Fall. Watch for updates.

OTHER PAST EQUASION DIALOGUES INCLUDE:
• “The Persistence of Anti-Semitism and Upsurge in Hate Crimes against All Religious and Racial Minorities” co-presented by Jackie Congedo, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Sarah Weiss, Director of the Holocaust and Humanity Center (Dec. 2019)
• “Introducing EquaSion’s Faith Communities Go Green” presented via Zoom by Dr. James Buchanan and Joanne Gerson, founders of this environmental justice initiative (March 2022)
• “Becoming Joshua: A Path to Economic Freedom” book discussion addressing ideas for racial justice and Black community development led by Rev. Damon Lynch, III, author and pastor of the New Prospect Church in Roselawn (April 2022)

Please reach out with any suggestions for topics and presenters for future EquaSion Dialogues.
Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, Ph.D.
Chairperson, EquaSion Dialogue Committee