Friday, April 22, 2011

Christianity & Islam: Friend or Foe? Confronting Islamophobia

For folks in Washington state, please give your attention to this important event in Lynnwood next week. For assistance contact John Berg

Christianity & Islam: Friend or Foe? Tuesday, April 26, join a compelling conversation on confronting Islamophobia, sponsored by Middle East Peace Builders, a Life Group of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood.

The event begins at 7 pm in room 203 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St., Lynnwood, Wash. 98036

Christianity & Islam: Friend or Foe?
The affirmation “I am my brother's keeper” leads to the question raised in the Gospel: "Who is my brother?”

Come explore if Christianity and Islam can peacefully coexist and what the best of these religious traditions has to contribute to our communities. We will look at how to build relationships of trust with Muslims, extending hospitality to our new neighbors.

Many voices today pit Islam and Christianity against each other, as if neither could tolerate the presence of the other in the same community socially or theologically. Furthermore, some in America believe that we have much to fear from the growing presence of Muslims in our communities. The non-religious scratch their heads, viewing this as confirmation that religion is a scourge to our modern experience.

Some of the questions we will explore:

  • Can Islam and Christianity co-exist in the same world or are they bound to be the inevitable “clash of civilizations?”

  • What are some of the key differences and similarities between these two monotheistic religions? What are the core beliefs of Islam and what do Muslims believe about Jesus?

  • How do Muslims view Christianity? Do we worship the same God? What should be our attitude to the Muslim community down the street?

  • Is Islam compatible with democracy or capitalism? Does the Koran support terrorism?

Our Speaker: Rev. Dr. Andrew Larsen has been an ordained ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Church for more than 20 years, with extensive experience working cross-culturally in Latin America and now serving Muslim communities locally and abroad. He has also served as pastor in the USA for seven years, engaged in the broader work of the church in both local and global projects. He has taught classes on inter-religious engagement and is currently facilitating local churches across the USA, Canada and Latin America to serve their immigrant neighbors.

For further information contact John Berg - - Phone: 425-218-3682

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