The public is invited to attend the 14th annual lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Relations set for March 8.

The public is invited to attend the 14th annual lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Relations set for March 8.

Dr. Thomas Farr will present "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in America and Abroad: How It Affects Us All" at 7 p.m. in the Jessing Center at the Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 N. High St.

The lecture, presented by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Josephinum at 614-985-2274.

Farr, a Roman Catholic, is president of the Religious Freedom Institute, an organization committed to achieving acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right. He also is director of the Religious Freedom Research Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center and associate professor of the Practice of Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

"Dr. Farr is uniquely qualified to address the subject of religious freedom," said Paul Numrich, a professor at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Capital University. "This is one of the most significant issues of our time."

Farr is a senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

Farr trains American diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute, teaches at the National Defense University and is a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, comprised of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Pontifical College Josephinum and Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, offers an annual lecture to highlight contemporary issues for the world's religions and interreligious relations.