A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is entering a year of re-envisioning the Center’s priorities and direction. The Rev. Dr. Michael Shelley retires June 30 after leading CCME since 2006 and Dr. Ghulam-Haider Aasi, distinguished affiliate professor of Islamic studies, plans to step back from regular teaching in 2019. Ms. Sara Trumm will serve as interim director during this transitional year. Trumm has served as CCME’s program coordinator since 2008.
A CCME Re-envisioning Team led by Dr. Carol Schersten LaHurd, distinguished affiliate professor of world religions at LSTC, began its work in May. The team will be inviting partners in the church and the Islamic community to offer advice on what is needed to enrich Christian-Muslim relations and enhance the seminary’s related course offerings. They plan to hold two or three consultations during the year to bring people together to advise on different aspects of interfaith relations such as social justice, academics, and different forms of faith leadership.
As team leader Carol LaHurd explains, "Beyond the impact of retirements at LSTC, this is an important time for re-thinking interreligious relations. When CCME was founded in 2006, many of us were just beginning to learn about other religions and to develop strategies for friendship and dialogue. Now, 12 years later Christians, Muslims, and others are focused also on showing solidarity for each other in the public arena and working together for the common good."
During the 2018-2019 program year, CCME will continue to sponsor the Kristallnacht Service of Repentance and Remembrance, the Giving Thanks interfaith meal, and other regular events.
About A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice
Established in 2006, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice fosters and deepens relationships between Christians and Muslims as a significant part of its larger purpose of building bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths. CCME was founded on the conviction that Christians, Muslims, and neighbors of other faith traditions, in their co-humanity, created by and responsible before God, are called to know, respect and learn from one another, despite or even because of our differences.
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