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The Muslim Christian Dialogues are on hiatus.

The topic our last scheduled discussion, held at the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Fridley:

What Does Our Faith Say about Power and Oppression?

Speakers Fedwa Wazwaz of the Islamic Resources Group and Dr. Cameron Howard of Luther Seminary explored Christian and Muslim responses to the question, "What Does Our Faith Say about Power and Oppression?"

About the Muslim Christian Dialogues

From The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 12

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had
given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the
most important?"

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

In the Gospels, Jesus says the greatest commandments are to love God and love one’s neighbor.

Loving one’s neighbor means going beyond tolerating differences. It means working toward deep understanding of each other, to listen and learn from those who follow different faith traditions.

In the summer of 1990, a group of Christians, some from the Minnesota Council of Churches, invited representatives of the Islamic Center of Minnesota to meet with them so they could begin to learn about each other's religion. In October of that year, a small group of about a dozen people began meeting monthly in each other's homes. This was the begining of the Muslim Christian dialogues.

The monthly dialogues met for over two decades, sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Churches and The Islamic Center of Minnesota. During the two-hour sessions, different aspects of faith were presented, and participants had time to ask questions of the presenters and of each other.

The Dialogues, free and open to the public, occured on the third Sunday of each month, September through May, at the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

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