Youth Find Peace: Mother of Mercy High and Trinity Lutheran join in Catholic-Lutheran Pizza Summit
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and to commemorate the event, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southern Ohio Synod and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are sponsoring activities to understand the origins of the Reformation, our differences, and our growing unity in Christ. According to a joint statement by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt, and Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, “three things, study, prayer, and service, are important ways that the love of Christ can be shared among us and through us.”
Answering this call to share together in what was billed as a Catholic-Lutheran Pizza Summit, six senior students, religion teacher Robert Bonnici, and intervention specialist Bev Sass from Mother of Mercy High School met Sunday evening, Oct. 22, with six senior high youth and their youth leader at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Healthy in an attempt to transcend our differences and celebrate our shared beliefs with food, fun, discussion, and prayer. The evening included humorous ice-breakers, discussion of church experiences and grace in our lives, Bible charades, and of course, pizza from LaRosa’s. Shawn Nichols, Trinity’s Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry concluded the evening gathering with a tour of Trinity’s beautiful sanctuary and an Ignatian prayer exercise.