The word “Islam” is derived from the Arabic word for peace, Salema, but the news feeds from the media would lead us to believe Islam is anything but peaceful. History indicates significant cultural contributions made by Muslims in fields varying from science, mathematics, architecture, and philosophy. As with followers of all major religions, there are competing factions, competing identities within Islam. With 1.6 billion people, or 23.4% of the world’s population, identifying as Muslim in 2010, perhaps what we see on the media are the outliers, rather than the norm.
During June, St. Paul’s adult Christian Formation class will seek to better understand this Abrahamic faith. We will hear from skilled scholars, parishioners who have lived and worked in predominantly Muslim countries, and perspectives from our Muslim neighbors here in Waco.
Please join us in St. Paul’s Parish Hall at 10:10 for these presentations!
June 7th – Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University and Co-Director for Baylor’s Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion, will speak on “Islam in the Modern World”
June 14th – Dr. Chris Van Gorder, Associate Professor of World Religions & Islamic Studies at Baylor University, will speak on “The Intersection of Islam and Christianity.”
June 21st – Dr. Larry Lehr, Professor of Environmental Science at Baylor University will share his experience of working in predominantly Muslim countries.
June 28th – A panel of members of the local Muslim community in Waco will share how they live their faith.