ICC Library will host Asayo Horibe, President of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest; and Rev. Jonathan Thomas, Co-Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria; for “Perspectives on Joy in Our Daily Lives.”
Asayo Horibe is a 3rd generation Japanese American Buddhist. She serves as President of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest, on the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, the Secretary of State Asian American Advisory Board, and is Trustee Emeritus of the Parliament of World Religions. A registered nurse for more than 50 years, Horibe also is a lay minister, caregiver for her two granddaughters, and lives in Evanston, Ill. She attended Chicago Public Schools as a youth.
The Rev. Jonathan Thomas studied Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Theology at Princeton University, where he focused on the topic of theology and mental illness. He taught for some years before accepting a call to become an Episcopal priest. He has been ordained for seven years and served at churches in Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut before coming to Illinois. He and his wife, The Rev. Jenny Replogle, are the priests at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria. He is involved in a number of groups engaged in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. His focus is on building a church where important conversations occur and people are drawn closer to God because the full image of God is present and given space and voice in the human diversity gathered in our communion.