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LSTC advances Christian-Muslim understanding through interfaith events

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Food, drama, sacred music, and common concern about our environment, are a few of the ways A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will build understanding between people of different faiths during the coming year.

On September 18, CCME and the Niagara Foundation will co-host an Iftar Meal at LSTC. Open to the Hyde Park community, and especially seminary students, members of the Chicago-area Muslim community shares the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan daily fast. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the LSTC Refectory. For more information and to RSVP call Sara Trumm, CCME program coordinator at 773-256-0708.

On October 26, Drs. Mary Mikhail and Muhammad Sammak, will discuss Christian-Muslim relations in Lebanon and the United States. This discussion is co-hosted by CCME, McCormick Theological Seminary’s Continuing Education Program, and the Presbytery of Chicago. Please note this event has been CANCELLED. For more information call Sara Trumm at 773-256-0708.

A one-woman play, “Unveiled” by Rohina, will be presented on November 12 at LSTC at 7:15 p.m.  Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil. A pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m. includes samples of the five teas featured in the play form Todd and Holland. Middle East music will be performed by Jabal Music. A discussion with the playwright will take place after the play. Open to the public, a $5 donation is suggested for non-students. Information about the playwright is at www.16thstreettheater.org/people/ROHINA.html.

Sounds of Faith is a program of sacred and paraliturgical sounds from the three Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, that its founders and sponsors hope will lead to  mutual understanding and peaceful interaction. The November 15 evening concert at Rockefeller Chapel, 59th & Woodlawn, Chicago, begins at 5:00 p.m. CCME supports this program put on by Harran Productions Foundation in collaboration with Rockefeller Chapel and Religious Life at the University of Chicago. The concert is expected to draw over 1,000 community members from all faith traditions.

March 18 – 19, 2010, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice will host an interfaith ecology conference in observance of Earth Year at LSTC. As they become available, details will be posted at centers.lstc.edu/ccme.

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC, inaugurated in September 2006, provides cultural and educational opportunities in which Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths come together for mutual enrichment, understanding, healing and wholeness. It is the outgrowth of LSTC building relationships with the Muslim community in Chicago for over two decades.

Contact:

Sara Trumm
Program Coordinator
773-256-0708
strumm@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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