Muslim, Christian, Jewish scholars to explore sharing Jerusalem as a path toward peace at sixth annual Sacred Text Conference March 13 February 24, 2011

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice will host its sixth annual Sacred Texts Conference, examining the role Jerusalem plays in several of the world’s major faiths. “Sharing Jerusalem as a Path toward Peace” will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 200 N. Catherine Avenue, in La Grange, IL. For more information about the conference contact Sara Trumm, CCME program coordinator, at or 773-256-0708.

Presenters for the day are Peter Knobel, Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Emet the Free Synagogue; Dr. Carol Schersten LaHurd, an interfaith lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; and Dr. Ghada Talhami, professor emerita of politics at Lake Forest College. The speakers will describe how each tradition’s sacred scriptures contribute to the role that Jerusalem plays in the faith and imagination of believers, and explore how Jerusalem might be seen as a meeting place for peace rather than a place of conflict.

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been Beth Emet's spiritual leader since 1980, assuming the position of Rabbi Emeritus in July 2010. A graduate of Hamilton College, he was ordained in 1969, and has earned a Ph.D. from Yale University. Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community. He is a member of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative on Peace in the Middle East.

Carol Schersten LaHurd lives in Chicago where she serves as adjunct professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Dr. LaHurd received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. With her family she has lived in Damascus, Syria, and Sana'a, Yemen, where she taught English as a second language and did research on women in Islam. From 2006-2010 she was coordinator of the Middle East peace-making campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Ghada Hashem Talhami was born in Amman, Jordan, to Palestinian parents. She holds a Ph. D. in African History from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is the author of six books, and has published more than fifty articles on various topics, including the Jerusalem issue. She taught Middle East Politics, among other subjects, at Lake Forest College, where she holds the title of D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, emerita. She was also a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, as well as the inaugural Susan Currier Visiting Professor of Gender and Global Studies at California Polytechnic University in Fall 2009.

About CCME

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) 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. Learn more about CCME at


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