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The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

Jan 16 and 30 and Feb 6 at 6:30PM at Cathedral Book Store
led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers
sponsored by Book Fellows of the Cathedral Book Store


The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself
Jan 16 and 30 and Feb 6 at 6:30PM at Cathedral Book Store
led by The Rev. Thee Smith along with guest speakers
sponsored by Book Fellows of the Cathedral Book Store

In Arabic, the word “fatwah” simply means “opinion.”  A religious or ethical fatwah provides a spiritually instructive opinion, usually given as the answer to a question about religious law.   In that regard, Jesus was a master of the art.  His opinions, revered by Christians and Muslims alike, remain among the most beautiful and powerful fatwahs ever issued.  Jesus pronounced what is perhaps the most famous of his fatwahs when a lawyer asked him to name the greatest of all the commandments.  Jesus said (quoting Deuteronomy in the Hebrew Scriptures), ‘To love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 

January 16: Ms. Soumaya Khalifa, Executive Director, Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB)
January 30: Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Candler Prof. of Law, Emory University Law School
February 6: Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

We submit that Jesus meant it when he told us to love our neighbors.  Especially important, in an age of increasing Islamophobia, is the love of Muslim neighbors.  The process begins when others learn who Muslims are and what Muslims actually believe.  This three-night series, engaging videos with guest speakers from the Muslim community, will examine the basic tenants of Islam, separate fact from misinformation, and explore how to build bridges and relationships across differences of faith. (The content of this program is compiled from materials developed by Living the Questions.)


Answering the Call to Pray
A day long workshop with Carl McColman
March 23, 2019   |   9AM-3PM   |   Cathedral of St. Philip

Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.

Ever since the disciples said to Jesus, “teach us to pray,” Christians have sought to deepen their faith through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, and contemplation. The Bible tells us to “be still and know God” — but for many of us, living busy and active lives, prayer often seems like something awkward or just plain unattainable. Or, we might remember to pray earnestly for our needs — but isn’t there more to Christian spirituality?

Answering the Call to Pray is a day-long workshop focusing on the most important of all quests — seeking the presence and love of God in our lives to equip us to live more faithfully and joyfully as Christians in today’s world.

Doors Open at 9:00am
Seating Begins at 9:30am
Ticket price includes lunch 
The workshop is expected to end about 3:00pm

 

Carl McColman is a Christian writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the author of books like Answering the Contemplative Call , An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom , and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism . He regularly teaches and leads retreats at churches, conference centers, monasteries, and seminaries.

This program is co-sponsored by:


(Photo of staircase in image by Aaron Mellon)


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