Mennonites and Muslims Meet

The term interfaith dialogue refers to cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions (i.e., “faiths”) and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels. It is distinct from syncretism or alternative religion, in that dialogue often involves promoting understanding between different religions to increase acceptance of others, rather than to synthesize new beliefs.[1]

One of the directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco is Don Frew[2]. He has represented Wicca since 1985 and is a National Interfaith Representative from Covenant of the Goddess. He wrote that…

“Interfaith work is, in my opinion, the best hope for the future of the Earth. Neopagans, especially many from the Covenant of the Goddess, are active at the heart of the global interfaith movement. This is our opportunity to be part of the change we wish to see.” (Frew, 2003)
-Don Frew, PAGAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE INTERFAITH MOVEMENT [3]

One of the interfaith dialogues we are seeing more of is the dialogue between Christians and Muslims. The following is only one recent example of how the Mennonites are catching the interfaith wave….

Mennonites, Muslims meet in Abraham Project
Lancaster churches and mosque work to strengthen relationships

Mennonites and Muslims gathered around food and film at The Abraham Project Sept. 6-8 in Lancaster, Pa., in the hopes of deepening interfaith relationships.

Mennonites representing a handful of churches and Muslims from the Islamic Center of Lancaster screened a documentary about peace in the evening Sept. 6 at James Street Mennonite Church, then observed Saturday prayer times at the mosque and shared a meal.

Read more here:

http://www.mennoworld.org/2013/9/16/mennonites-muslims-meet-abraham-project/

Is this the commission that Jesus Christ has given to His church?

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 1 Cor. 1:17-19

Endnotes:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interfaith_dialogue
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_H._Frew
[3] http://www.crosscurrents.org/HarrisSpring2005.htm

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RELATED:

* The Church & Islam
What is the role of your local congregation?
http://www.answering-islam.org/Christians/localchurch.html

* Evangelical MELTDOWN
 The march toward Global Religion starts with us?
http://www.ericbarger.com/emailers/2008/update8-7-2008.htm

* CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS IN DANGEROUS DIALOG
http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/09/christians-and-muslims-in-dangerous-dialog/

* Information on Islam
http://ericbarger.com/infomenus/islam.menu.htm

* Brigitte Gabriel: Islam Unveiled (1 of 8) (watch all 8 parts on YouTube)

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3 thoughts on “Mennonites and Muslims Meet

  1. I’d be surprised if we could find a half dozen Mennonite scholars and pastors that had an actual accurate understanding of Islam…or any real and articulate understanding of why Islam is inherently at odds Christianity (on a basic level) for that matter. How many Mennonite intellectuals know Surah 4:157 off the top of their heads? How many Mennonite intellectuals know the difference between a surah and a hadith?

    “Inter-faith dialogue” is what you get when the liberal elements of one religious institution want to get the liberal elements of another religious institution to buy them drinks.

    Sadly, a majority of the leadership in the MB circles IS the liberal element…and the entire Mennonite church Canada/US.

      • Yeah…but educated in the scriptures. Lots of Mennonites have gotten “educated” by rank-and-file pagans/higher critics and “academics” who, in reality, can parse a Hebrew verb but don’t know the Gospel and don’t believe the message of the scriptures for one second.

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