We planted a tree to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda

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.

Using the Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s commemorative tree program, St. John’s collected money to plant one sturdy tree in a city park.  The red maple has a commemorative plaque and will be maintained by the city.

It is located in the southwest corner of Washington Park, directly across from the old St. John’s Unitarian Church, now known as “The Transept” event space and bar.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this project.  There will be a dedication ceremony after Rev. Mitra returns from her sabbatical.