A Panel Discussion A Common Word: Love in Christianity and Islam

A Common Word is a Muslim declaration, signed by hundreds of Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals worldwide, which emphasizes the commonality of love in Islam and Christianity. This declaration has received very positive responses from many Christian organizations.

Date/Time

Thursday, April 15, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium


Cost



A Common Word click here is a Muslim declaration, signed by hundreds of
Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals worldwide, which emphasizes the commonality of love in Islam and Christianity. This declaration has received very positive responses from many Christian organizations.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Jamal Badawi

Dr. Jamal Badawi is Professor Emeritus at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he served as Professor of both Management and Religious Studies. Dr. Badawi is the author of several works on Islam, including books, chapters in books and articles. Some of his works are available also on the internet including Gender Equity in Islam available onhttp://www.soundvision.com/ and a 352-segment television series on Islam, now available [in audio format] under "Reading Islam”  then click on “Islam in 176 hours" at http://www.islamonline.net/ and other sites. In addition to his participation in lectures, seminars and interfaith dialogues in North America, Dr. Badawi has been frequently invited as guest speaker on Islam in nearly 38 other countries.  He is a member of the Islamic Juridical [Fiqh] Council of North America, The European Council of Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Muslim Scholars.  He has been serving as a volunteer Imam of the local Muslim community in Halifax since 1970. 

Dr. Badawi is father of 5 children and grandfather of 17 [so far!]

Zafar Siddiqui

Zafar Siddiqui is co-founder and President of the Islamic Resource Group, and serves as chairman of the board of Al-Amal school in Fridley.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas. He blogs on interfaith topics in the Star Tribune's "Your Voices" section. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science and is a software engineer by profession. He is married, with four children, and resides in Blaine, MN.

Dr. Terence Nichols

Dr. Nichols is a professor in the theology department at St. Thomas, and is co-director of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center. His book, Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction, has just been published by Brazos Press. 

Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson is the Director of Unity and Relationships for the Minnesota Council of Churches. With the Muslim American Society, she organizes Taking Heart, a program designed to bring Muslim and Christian neighbors together. She also organizes a new program, Taking Root, which builds interfaith sponsorship teams to help resettle refugees who are moving to Minnesota. She hosts the Twin Cities Interfaith Network, and heads the Minnesota Interreligious Initiative, designed to strengthen the state’s interfaith infrastructure.

This event was co-sponsored by the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, the Islamic Resource Group of Minnesota and by the Minnesota Council of Churches.

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