Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

In Memoriam:  Dr. Stephen H. Webb, 1961-2016      

The unexpected passing of Stephen Webb on March 5, 2016 has stunned the interfaith and academic communities in Central Indiana. Protestants, Catholics, and Mormons all felt a bond with this fine scholar who understood how their religious traditions interact and contribute ideas to our world.  The Center for Interfaith Cooperation wishes to honor Steve for his dedication as a professor of theology and an author who explained Mormonism to other Christians.  In addition, even beyond his academic excellence, Steve was a role model of Christian discipleship.

CIC was privileged to cosponsor Steve’s Interfaith Lecture with Dr. Alonzo Gaskill of BYU in 2015.  These men taught a large audience of youth and adults how to apply the interfaith principles in their book Catholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation.  When the formal discussion ended, many in the audience didn’t want to go home. Steve and Alonzo stayed, answered questions, and listened.  People experiencing mixed faith marriage found understanding that evening.  Teenagers felt love and inspiration as they learned how to cultivate interfaith friendships with confidence.

Steve Webb attended the CIC Living Room Dialogue about Mormons on February 18, 2016.  This event was at my home, and hosting him was a delight. When he left this life two weeks later, that evening became a cherished memory of a dear friend.

An upcoming event illustrates Steve’s lasting contribution to interfaith understanding. Don Knebel will give a lecture about Mormonism on May 15 at Second Presbyterian Church, and he plans to draw material from Steve’s book Mormon Christianity:  What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints.  May we each create an interfaith legacy of our own by following the path of Stephen Webb.  Religious tolerance and peace would come to the world.
Ruth Ellen Homer, Kelsey Lambert, Stephen Webb, Alonzo Gaskill, and Pres. William Cowley. Not shown: Pres. Randall Bland, presiding officer for the church that evening.

Ruth Ellen Homer, Kelsey Lambert, Stephen Webb, Alonzo Gaskill, and Pres. William Cowley. Not shown: Pres. Randall Bland, presiding officer for the church that evening.


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