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Learn how congregations can engage with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists , July 18-21 at Columbia Theological Seminary

2011-05-16

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Decatur, GA. Learn how to engage in interfaith cooperation, not just political discourse, with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists, July 18-21 on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus in Decatur, GA. Called “KNOWING Our Neighbors: A Purposeful Interfaith Encounter,” this event offers the opportunity to talk with leaders from other faith communities, visit their houses of worship, and learn how to initiate interfaith cooperation within one’s own congregation or community.

“Increasingly, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, and other communities of faith are engaging with one another,” says co-keynoter David Fraccaro. “These encounters can lead to conflict or cooperation. What direction will your congregation go?”

Fraccaro, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ,  heads the Interfaith Youth Core’s “Stranger to Neighbor” program, training congregations and diverse communities to build interfaith coalitions committed to welcoming the stranger in our midst.

“We will visit a Muslim mosque and a Jewish synagogue, and reflect together on those experiences,” says Ben Campbell Johnson, the other keynoter for this event. An ordained Presbyterian pastor, Johnson is author of the book Beyond 9/11: Christians and Muslims Together – An Invitation to Conversation. Since retiring from the Columbia Theological Seminary faculty in 2000, Johnson has been developing and leading programs to explore and advocate for Christian/Muslim understanding and relationship.

To register online or see the detailed schedule for this event, click here and scroll down to the July events.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. For more information, visit www.ctsnet.edu.

 


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