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Breaking Down Barriers:
Christians and Muslims forge bonds through faith

Second Presbyterian Church playing host to a September 28 dialogue designed to promote understanding and compassion between Muslims and Christians. The event comes at a complicated time when tension and suspicion have mounted between the two groups because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and turmoil in the Middle East.

The dialogue will feature Dr. Daniel L. Migliore, Princeton Theological Seminary's Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology, and Imam Yahya Hendi, the Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University. “It is possible through dialogue to build foundations for cooperation of Christians and Muslims in matters of common human concern: peace in the world, the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and the care of the environment,” Dr. Migliore said. Similarly, Imam Hendi said Christians and Muslims coming together will ensure that sanity, love and compassion are given a chance. “Our ability to discuss similarities and differences will always enable us to befriend one another with clarity,” he said. “Ignorance is our worst enemy, knowledge our best friend.”

The event is open to the public and will be held in Second's sanctuary at 3:30 p.m. WYPR is graciously providing support in publicizing this event.

Click here to download event flyer.

Imam hendi invited to speak during the dedication of a new FBI building
October 15, 2004- Imam Yahya Hendi participated in the dedication ceremony of the new FBI field office for Maryland and Delaware. The building opened last month in Woodlawn, Maryland, and has replaced an older, smaller, and less secure structure.

Imam Hendi with the Catholic Relief Services
October 13, 2004- Imam Yahya Hendi participated in the “Interfaith Candlelight Vigil for the People of Sudan,” hosted by Catholic Relief Services. The Vigil took place in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. In his short address, Imam Yahya urged attendants to unite through their varied religious faiths and become a voice for the voiceless and a help for the homeless. He also said the crisis in Darfur must be felt in our hearts and awaken our consciousness for our actions to be truly effective

Imam Hendi speaks at Frsostburg State University
October 11, 2004- Frostburg State University hosted Imam Yahya Hendi as he presented a lecture entitled “Jews, Christians, and Muslims: Cooperation or Confrontation?” In his address to an audience of over 150, he spoke of the commonalities between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, pointing out the scriptural, historical, moral, and ethical similarities among the three faiths. While acknowledging that differences do exist between these main monotheistic religions, Imam Yahya stressed that these distinctions are few in comparison. As part of the global community, he pointed out: “we can no longer continue in an isolated existence, and must work together for our mutual benefit.”



Imam Hendi invited by the MAS-Dallas Chapter
October 10, 2004- Imam Yahya Hendi was a speaker at a full-day seminar hosted by the Dallas, Texas chapter of the Muslim-American Society. He gave three presentations on public speaking and outreach skills and tips on how to answer questions about Islam. Imam Hendi also offered techniques on how to respond to non-Muslims’ desires to learn more about Islam. His talks also addressed the need for members of the Muslim community to reach out to their fellow neighbors and non-Muslim citizens and create bridges of trust and

Imam hendi hosts a delegation of religious communities in the third Anniversary of Sep 11
September 12, 2004- In a Frederick, MD event, Imam Yahya Hendi hosted delegations from different churches that belong to the United Church of Christ. Approximately 20 people attended from First Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, DC, and many others attended from Christian congregations in and near Frederick, MD. During the two- hour program held in the Frederick Hampton Inn, the 150 attendants took part in prayers led by the children and youth, listened to a reading from the Qur'an in Arabic and English, and heard a reflection on the reading by Imam Hendi. Various Christians and Muslims contributed by sharing their brief thoughts and reflections.

Barbara Gerlach, from the United Church of Christ, said, “It was a wonderful experience for the people from First Congregational United Church of Christ….We wanted to share with a Muslim community as an act of spiritual friendship and inter-faith sharing as our way of remembering the events of September 11 by building relationships between Christians and Muslim. Imam Hendi was an inspirational speaker committed to inter-religious sharing. We especially enjoyed being in conversation with members of the Frederick Muslim community.”








Imam Hendi speaks at the National Council of Synagogues
September 3, 2004- In a landmark moment, the National Council of Synagogues invited Imam Yahya Hendi to speak at an NCS meeting for the first time. The NCS meeting took place at the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Representing the Rabbinical Assembly were Rabbi Alvin Berkun, Rabbi Joel Meyers, and Rabbi Joel Zaiman. The representatives of the CCAR were Rabbi Paul Menitoff, Rabbi Dan Polish, and Rabbi David Sandmel. Mark Pelavin represented the Union of Reform Judaism at the meeting which took place under the leadership of Rabbi Gilbert Rosenthal, the Director of the NCS.

Imam Yahya spoke about bridge-building between Jews and Muslims, describing his hopeful visions for the future, potential programs to be implemented, and steps to be taken to improve relations between Jews and Muslims. He pointed out that both communities must realize that they had been friends in the past, and that such a positive rapport must resume for an optimistic future. Imam Yahya also mentioned that much more than the tragic Middle East crisis bring us together, and we must build on our shared elements to work for peace in the Middle East for members of both religions.


His Benediction in Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA, July 27, 2004
Note: Recently I delivered the benediction at the DNC in Boston. For those who want to review it, click on Day 2. Part.3 The doc is two hours long, so, you may need to drag the clip position to 1:53 to view the prayer.


*"Israeli-Palestinian Relationships and Hopes for the Future"*
*The Bottom Line* @ Frostburg State University <http://www.frostburg.edu> © 2004. All Rights Reserved, 101 Braddock Road, Lane University Center Room 232 Frostburg MD 21532, Phone: 301-687-4326
On Wednesday, April 28 (2004) the program "Israeli-Palestinian Relationships and Hopes for the Future", will be held in the Lane University Center, Room 201 at 7:30pm. This program will feature a discussion between Rabbi Stephen Sniderman of the B'er Chayim Temple in Cumberland and Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and spiritual leader of Islamic Society of Frederick (Maryland) about the Middle East crisis. Dr. Stephen Hartlaub of the Political Science Department will serve as moderator. This event is sponsored by United Campus Ministry, Catholic Campus Ministry, the Hillel Club, and the Political Science Department and is free and open to the public.

 
 
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