The public is welcome!

The Religious Other

and the American


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

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. 

here for our discussion guidelines.

Covenants of the Prophet

60 Minutes did a segment on 12/24/17 on the "Covenants of the Prophet" —it tells the story of some Iraqi Catholic monks who saved a Prophetic Covenant from ISIS and have now revealed it as a contract requiring Muslims to protect Christians. Here’s the link to the text and 12 minute video of the story. Dr. John Morrow and Charles Upton have both presented to CMD on the Covenants.   

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.

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

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: 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.


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: 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


Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism, from PBS

8/21/14:  Top Muslim Leaders And Groups -- Like The Organization of Islamic Cooperation -- Have Condemned The Islamic State  "From Nigeria To The World: We Denounce Terror!"






Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, KY

Other web sites

urging interfaith


In a spirit of love and wanting to understand what others' believe..

* - Christian Muslim 

* - 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.

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

Dr John Parks,

co-founder of CMD,


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.