A Trialogue of


Note the special day and time 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Panel: Moshe Smolkin, Rabbi of Ohavay Zion Synangogue, Dr. Aiyub Palmer Professor of Islamic Studies at UK, and Bruce Caldwell, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington

Description:Each panelist will respond to leading questions put to them by moderator, Addison Hosea. The format will be conversational, with the panelists also interacting. Questions and discussion with the audience will follow.

Time: 4 P.M. - 6 P.M.

Location: Ohavay Zion Synagogue, 2048 Edgewater Court, Lexington, KY 40502  Click here for a map of the location.

Refreshments will follow.

Click here for our discussion guidelines.

Our Mission

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.

We hope that when you are in the Lexington KY area you can join us!

Why don't Muslim leaders speak out against ISIS and terrorism?

Actually, they do.


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.

11/14/2015: http://qz.com/550104/muslims-around-the-world-condemn-terrorism-after-the-paris-attacks/

3/27/15:  An article from Huffington Post about imams fighting the ideological war. Read an anti-ISIS magazine put together by these imams here.

8/14:  Beliefnet.com also pulled together a list like this.

​1/11/15:  46 examples of Muslim outrage at Paris shootings

Stories you won't typically find on Fox News or CNN

11/14/14: http://goo.gl/o6CKRs

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!"


9/24/14:  http://www.religionnews.com/2014/09/24/100-plus-muslims-scholars-refute-isis-ideology/

9/26/14: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/muslims-in-france-protest-against-extremism/

8/2/14: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/02/Indonesian-Muslim-Leaders-Condemn-ISIS-The-Public-Have-to-be-Critical

9/20/14: http://rt.com/news/189168-german-muslims-protest-isis/

"Both Feeling

Threatened, American

Muslims and Jews Join


article from NY Times, Dec 5, 2016

"American Muslims and Jews are banding together in a surprising new alliance."


Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, KY

Special Note from the

Steering Committee

​As reported last week, a mosque in our community, Masjid Bilal, received a bomb threat on March 6th, 2017. Sadly, recent months have seen a sharp uptick in threats of violence against Muslim and Jewish places of worship throughout America. Numerous mosques across the country have been subjected to arson attacks. This is deeply disturbing to many in the Lexington community, and as members of the steering committee of the Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Lexington we stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and neighbors. It has often been said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people look on and do nothing. When the centers of worship for our Jewish and Muslim neighbors are threatened, looking on and doing nothing must not be an option. Human lives are at risk—men, women, and children are vulnerable to acts of violence and harmful discrimination. We urge others in our community to join us in speaking out against these acts of bigotry and hatred.--The Christian-Muslim Dialogue of Lexington


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.

Other web sites

urging interfaith


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

* the Washington Theological Consortium has an interesting website and bibliography


Click here for the July 29, 2015 article at the Christian Science Monitor about churches and mosques working together in New York City.