Speaker: Dr. Tara Strauch
Topic: Dr. Strauch will talk about how religious minorities were treated during the Revolutionary War and how ideas about religious others (including Muslims) shaped the new nation.
Dr. Tara Strauch is an Assistant Professor of History at Centre College. She received her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Her work appears in "Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture" as well as several edited collections. You can find her online at centretrail.com.
Time: February 24, 2018, 10 A.M- 12 noon.
Location: Masjid (Mosque) Bilal ibn Rabah, 1545 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505
Q&A will follow the talk, to be followed by a pot luck lunch. Bring a dish to share! Everyone is welcome to stay to make friends and share a meal.
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The Muslim Christian Dialogue promotes understanding and mutual respect between Christians and Muslims. It explores historical, political and cultural factors that have shaped the current context and have contributed to the views we hold today. Through discussion and reflection, it believes that all can counter prejudices and inflammatory rhetoric and help raise the tenor of the dialogue. In the end, the CMD promotes one’s personal and collective responsibility to build a more open and accepting community at home, contributing to a more just and peaceful world.
Actually, they do.
10/2017: Here is another website that maintains a long list of terrorist condemnations from Muslim leaders and organizations.
10/2017: Article refuting Thomas Friedman and others. Kamran Pasha asks "why does the media ignore reporting on Muslim leaders who speak out?"
Responses to Orlando: http://orlandostatement.com/ and this interfaith response from Georgetown University
6/13/16: "As people of faith, we believe that all human beings have the right to safety and security and that each and every human life is inviolable." - from the Orlando Statement, undersigned by over 400 Muslim leaders in the US, in response to the Orlando murders.
3/24/16: Presenting a contrasting view, a med student writes in the Huffington Post that Muslims should never have to apologize for terrorist acts, over whiich Muslims have no control.
1/26/16. The Marrakesh Declaration is a statement of support by more than 250 Muslim religious, state, and education leaders, defending the rights of religious minorities in majority Islamic countries.
11/18/2015: An ABCreport on Chicago Muslims imams speak out against the Paris attacks.
8/14: Beliefnet.com also pulled together a list like this.
Stories you won't typically find on Fox News or CNN
Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism, from PBS
8/21/14: http://goo.gl/zyo93R Top Muslim Leaders And Groups -- Like The Organization of Islamic Cooperation -- Have Condemned The Islamic State
http://muslimsagainstterror.com/ "From Nigeria To The World: We Denounce Terror!"
In a spirit of love and wanting to understand what others' believe..
* http://www.acommonword.com/ - Christian Muslim
* http://www.interfaithdialog.org/ - Christian, Muslim, Jew
Click here for the July 29, 2015 article at the Christian Science Monitor about churches and mosques working together in New York City.
We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. John Parks, co-founder of the CMD. Lexington Herald Leader obituary said that "Dr. John H. Parks, M.D., was born on Sept. 2, 1927 and passed away on Dec. 13, 2017. He is survived by two children: David and Ann and two grandchildren: Rebecca and Jonathan Parks-Ramage. He was preceded in death by his first wife and life partner, Elviraa and his second wife, Kathleen. Memorial Services will be scheduled at a later date."
Saturday morning monthly programs (usually the 4th Saturday of the month) start at 10AM ET and feature speakers, panels, or films and active discussions that open new perspectives on relevant issues. Given the tenor of the times, the major program emphasis is on relations between Christians and Muslims, but people of all faiths, all cultures and backgrounds are welcome to participate in positive and construction discussion.
A potluck lunch follows each program, offering a chance to share a meal and conversation with persons never before met. Countless friendships have been so formed.