Worthington News

Mansfield will be main speaker for interfaith prayer breakfast


Meribah Mansfield, who retired as director of the Worthington Libraries to become a deacon in the Episcopal Church, will be the main speaker at the 2012 Mayors Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

The event will be hosted by Worthington Mayor Harvey Minton and will begin at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Worthington Holiday Inn.

Minton said he is excited to have Mansfield as the key speaker. She will talk about her journey from being one of the top librarians in the country to a leader in her congregation, he said.

Laurence (Mack) Sigmon, interim minister at the Worthington Presbyterian Church, will lead a prayer. Other participants in the program will be Bonnie Michael, Rachel Dorothy, Mirza Ahmad, David Robertson, Allan Lines and Minton.

Music will be provided by the Acafellas, a singing group from Worthington Kilbourne High School.

The program will include readings from the Holy Books of Judaism, the Quran and the New Testament of the Bible.

The purpose of the event is to foster understanding and peace among all practicing religions in Worthington.

It is not sponsored by the city of Worthington but by the Friday Morning Prayer Group, which meets weekly throughout the year. It was formed in 1968 following a divisive school board levy attempt. James Lorimer was mayor at the time.

The group held the interfaith breakfast from 1968 through 1991.

In 2003, which was Worthington's bicentennial year, Minton revived the interfaith breakfast, and it has been held annually since then.

Mansfield was director of the Worthington Libraries for nearly 19 years, retiring in 2010 to complete her studies to become a deacon in the Episcopal Church. She recently completed those studies and officially became a member of the clergy.

As head of the local libraries, she oversaw the building and opening of the Northwest Library and the opening of the Worthington Park branch.

The library system has received the national Library of the Year Award for 2007 from the Gates/Library Journal. She received the Hall of Fame Libraries Award from the Ohio Library Council in 2011.

The public is encouraged to attend the breakfast.

For information or for tickets, call Barbara Madison at 614-798-9762.