The following is a brief excerpt from a speech given by Dr. Terry Nichols at the University of St. Thomas on March 3, 2014. Dr. Nichols is co-director of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and has been a quiet giant in the community supporting dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Christians. For more information on Dr. Nichols or the Dialogue Center, click here. To read the full speech, click here.
Good Evening! My lecture tonight concerns the hope of Muslim Christian dialogue, and perhaps the best place to start is to clarify what we mean by Muslim Christian dialogue. In fact, there are several forms of dialogue. The document Dialogue and Proclamation, issued by The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 1991, lists four types of dialogue. They describe these as follows:
“The dialogue of life, where people strive to live in an open and neighborly spirit, sharing their joys and sorrows, their human problems and preoccupations. The dialogue of action, in which Christians and others collaborate for the integral development and liberation of people. The dialogue of theological exchange, where specialists seek to deepen their understanding of their respective religious heritages, and to appreciate each other’s spiritual values. The dialogue of religious experience, where persons rooted in their own religious traditions, share their spiritual riches, for instance with regard to prayer and contemplation, faith and ways of searching for God or the Absolute.”
IARP co-founder Sami Rasouli is both Iraqi and American. Since 2004 he has worked to heal the wounds of war and transform a legacy of violence in his home country of Iraq into one of reconciliation. Author Burt Berlowe tells his story in an article on CommonDreams.org, “From ‘Shock and Awe’ to ‘Mission Accomplished’ — The Journey of an Iraqi-American Peacemaker.”
Join investigative journalist Greg Barrett on Thursday, February 21 for a presentation on his new book, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis Books, 2012). The book begins with the story of Iraqi Muslims rescuing seriously injured American Christians Peacemakers and nursing them back to health during the 2003 “shock and awe” bombings.
The TC Daily Planet featured our upcoming reception with Minneapolis Iraqis and veterans who have made books and videos about their experiences with the Iraq War:
Luke Wilcox of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project told TCDP about the January 24 reception for U.S. vets and Iraqi refugees who told their stories through the Veterans Book Project. The reception will be 7-9 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Schulze Hall Atrium, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The following is an excerpt of an article by Cathy Breen on antiwar.com. Cathy works with Voices for Creative Non-Violence and is a Catholic Worker at Mary House in New York City. She lived in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003 and during the occupation.
“It is not written in our hearts, it is carved in our hearts.” I awoke this morning still shaken with these words in my head.
Yesterday I was in Ramadi and Fallujah. Instead of bringing a message of caring, of empathy for their suffering and a desire for peace, my presence as someone from the U.S, seemed to open wounds that are unfathomably deep.
An article on the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine’s website covered a recent visit by an IARP delegation:
By Mohammed Jassim
“An American delegation visited Imam Hussein holy shrine on 18-Nov-2012. The head of the delegation who is a history teacher Mrs. Kathy McKay said in an interview with media of Imam Hussein holy shrine, ‘the focus of our trip is to visit the holy shrines in Najaf and Kerbala’ cities.’
Mrs. McKay also mentioned that they are representing the Non-Governmental Organizations in Iraq, and members of the Iraqi & American Reconciliation project. They are involved in some projects of providing schools with water purification stations in Najaf city.
All the delegation members expressed their admiration of the sense of holiness which pervades whoever comes to visit and makes them premeditate the Prophets (p.b.u.t) and the great figures whom supported divine religions such as Islam and Christianity.”
KFAI radio interviewed IARP board member Steve Clemens on October 5, 2012 on its “Politics and Culture” program. To listen to the interview, select the listen now button here. The interview runs from 7:12 until 26:55.
On October 8, TC Daily Planet printed a speech by Clemens he gave at a protest rally against the war in Afghanistan. To read the speech, “Why I march against the war in Afghanistan,” click here.
Clemens says, “My anger is less directed at President Obama than at the system within which most of our political leaders are (willingly) trapped: a system of hegemony and domination supported by a military system which is more predatory than protective. Our political leaders like to think they are ‘protecting the American Way of Life’ when, in reality, they are promoting a predatory system of corporate domination which seeks to continue the profligate pattern of American over-consumption protected at gun-point.”
“Politics and Culture,” October 5, 2012: http://kfai.org/node/31732.
Please join us for this informative upcoming event:
The Innocence of Muslims with Speaker Imam Makram El-Amin
Wednesday, October 3
Anderson Student Center, 378B
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
Why do Muslims react to the depiction of Prophet Muhammad? Why can’t the Prophet Muhammad be depicted?
These questions and many more will be answered by Imam Makram El-Amin. You will also be able to ask any questions.
IARP volunteer and University of Minnesota student Anna Kaminski was featured recently in the TC Daily Planet:
University of Minnesota student Anna Kaminski connects education, trash collection and passion for human rights