Monday, November 8, 2010

Christian-Muslim Sacred Text Reading THIS Wednesday

Sacred Text Reading
THIS Wednesday, 11/10, 7:30pm
@ Pathways for Mutual Respect
315 Whitney Avenue

In a talk I gave a few weeks ago in our series on Following Jesus in the City, I talked about the sense I've had (along with others) that God is challenging us to take intentional steps to love and bless the Muslim community right here in New Haven.

Our friends at Pathways for Mutual Respect have invited members of ECV and Masjid Al-Islam to engage in a series of sacred text readings, the first of which will be this Wednesday, 11/10 @ 7:30pm @ the Pathways office, 315 Whitney Ave. Having met this past week with the Pathways folks and my co-facilitator, Ashir, from Masjid Al-Islam, I'm really excited about these readings—especially on this week's topic: repentance.

The basic structure will involve a reading from the Qur'an with some explanation from a leader at Masjid Al-Islam, a reading from the New Testament with some explanation from a leader from ECV (this week, I'll serve in this role), with the majority of time reserved for conversation in mixed small groups.

It seems to me that in looking to love and bless the Muslim community here in New Haven, a good place to start is in establishing understanding and conversation in dialogue with the texts in which we encounter God.

So, let me encourage you to come and join the conversation Wednesday evening. I look forward to seeing you there.


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