College of Spirituality: Christians and Islam

Christians and Muslims.  As Rodney King famously said in 1992 of blacks and whites, “Can we all get along?”  In this class, we’ll consider the shared history of our two faiths, theological similarities and differences, and the lives and aspirations of American Muslims today.  We’ll discuss extremist attitudes in the light of mainstream thought and action, and we’ll talk about how Christians and Muslims can better understand each other.

As text, the class will use “Christians and Islam: Discussion Guide,” published by the Sojourners, a Christian organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., committed to articulating the biblical call to social justice.  We’ll also watch and discuss two films about Muslims in America.  Copies of the Discussion Guide will be free of charge.  Reading assignments will average about 15 pages each week.

When: Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, beginning April 24 and running for seven weeks

Where: In our chapel (enter through the gate and courtyard on E Republican Street)

Who: Facilitators Kathy Dawson and David Paul … and the first 12 people who sign-up

How: Sign up at the informational table in Stuart Hall following worship, or contact the church office at (206) 322-0487 or by email.

About the College of Spirituality

The College of Spirituality is a program of tuition-free classes that provide a framework for members and friends to experience a liberating, practical conversation about our faith, spiritual growth, questions of contemporary social and ethical concern, and All Pilgrims’ identity, history, and life.  Each quarter, we offer classes on subjects ranging from a specific book of the Bible, to faith and social justice, to spiritual messages in popular movies.  The classes are open to people who come with “starting-point” questions, as well as those with long backgrounds in religious experience.