2017 Summer Salad and Study: Discovering Islam
Imagine that you and your family are moving to a remote Asian village, where you will set up a health clinic under the sponsorship of your denomination. You quickly recognize that the local people with whom you will live and work not only are ignorant about Christianity but hold some negative stereotypes toward it. You begin to create learning resources to explain the Christian religion to them. You recognize that you should feature the diversity of Christian practice around the world. You want even to acknowledge the occasional misuse of the tradition by extremist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and cults such as the Branch Davidians. But mainly you want to help your new community understand your own Christian faith and how it shapes your life and motivates your work.
The producers of the DVD series Discover Islam had very similar goals.
“There are over a billion and a half people across the globe that claim to be followers of Islam. Yet few people outside the faith truly understand Muslim beliefs, practices and values. There is great misinformation about issues ranging from jihad to women’s rights.” This DVD series and accompanying curriculum aims to address these issues.
You are invited to join the recent St. Matthew’s summer tradition of salad suppers and social conversations with an exploration of the Islamic Faith. Join us for six Sunday evenings, beginning July 9th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as we use the ELCA-sponsored Discovering Islam curriculum to learn about the practices, cultures, and beliefs of our Muslim sisters and brothers. Please RSVP and bring a salad or dessert to share!
Information about the documentaries can be found at https://www.discoverislam.com/
This is a free event – but please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling the St. Matthew’s Office at (414)774-0441.