Rev. Mitra and a small group of congregants met Sunday, Nov. 3, to dedicate a maple tree planted as our participation in marking the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda.
Using the Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s commemorative tree program, St. John’s had collected money in 2018 to plant a red maple tree in Washington Park. It has a commemorative plaque and will be maintained by the city.
The Edict of Torda, signed by Unitarian King John Sigismund in 1568, was a decree of religious tolerance. To celebrate this important anniversary, our partner congregation, St. Laszlo, is planting 450 walnut trees in Transylvania. We at St. John’s wanted to join the celebration by planting our own “Torda” tree. So we collected $350 to purchase a tree and its future care.
Mary and Tom Darner of St. John’s Partner Church Committee, brought a church banner to the dedication.