The public is welcome!


A United States


Diplomat's Decade in


Afghanistan


Saturday, September 23, 2017


Dr. Deborah Alexander will be speaking about her decade of work in Afghanistan, beginning soon after the 9/11 attack. Her presentation, built around 30 photographs, will focus on: (1) her life as an American woman, often living with military troops, in the remote areas of Afghanistan; (2) her work with Afghans, both men and women, and (3) U.S. support of women and girls assistance programs. 


Speaker: In Afghanistan, Dr. Deborah Alexander served as the first U.S. Deputy Head of Mission during the U.S. Marines combat surge in the critical southwest region; Principal Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for Afghanistan’s historic elections, overseeing U.S. assistance for the successful conduct of Afghanistan's first presidential and parliamentary elections; and the first civilian embedded with U.S. Army Special Forces after 9/11, supervising reconstruction projects ranging from rebuilding schools, government centers, and bridges to creating 14 radio stations, including three women-operated stations. She also interned with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity.


Location: Masjid (Mosque) Bilal ibn Rabah, 1545 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40505


When visiting the Mosque
* Women should dress modestly (for example, no shorts or mini dresses)
* Shoes should be removed inside the door, before entering the meeting area
* Non-Muslim women are not required to cover their hair.


Time:  10 A.M., 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.


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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_attitudes_towards_terrorism

http://muslimsagainstterror.com/  "From Nigeria To The World: We Denounce Terror!"


9/24/14:http://lettertobaghdadi.com/14/english-v14.pdf


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/



CAIR-KY has formed


and is online at


cairky.com


From their web page: Vision and Mission

CAIR-KY shares the vision of CAIR National, which is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR-KY mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


Understanding


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.

Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, KY


Film on Sept 19, 2017:


The Sultan and the Saint


This remarkable encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. Kentucky Theatre. Registration required.

Other web sites


urging interfaith


dialogue 


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


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