On the Road to Respect . . .Sharing the World with Others
Understanding Islam with Rev. Toby Jones
Friday, April 7, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church
As we live and proclaim our Christian faith, we know we share the world with others.
Understanding religious beliefs other than ones’ own is a key element of tolerance, since faith traditions often define a significant part of a person’s identity.
The intent of respecting other religions by being neighbors and witnesses isn’t to combine all faiths into one.
Interreligious dialogue isn’t about endorsing or denying the faith of other people.
Instead, it’s a path to increased understanding and peace in our communities, nation, and world.
During Lent our parish read together Huston Smith’s classic, The World’s Religions. This discussion series gave us the chance to learn about other religions in our shared world. Rev. Toby Jones’ presentation, “Understanding Islam,” was the culmination of our study.
Toby Jones is a Princeton trained theologian who has been thinking and writing about religion and faith for over 35 years. He is the author of two books - The Gospel according to Rock (2007) and The Way of Jesus (2010). He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of World Religions at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. In his most recent years, Toby has been urging Christians to pay more respectful attention to other religions, in order that we might learn from them.
We thank Toby for sharing with us and our community.
Funding for this program is provided by the Taylor Family Endowment Fund for Christ Episcopal Church. All Taylor Fund programs are open to the public at no cost thanks to this generous gift of the Taylor family.
Sermon Topics: Understanding Islam