In the Spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan: Muslims & Christians Working Together for the Common Good
“ … strive together as in a race to do works of justice.”
—Qur’an Sura al-Ma’idah 5:48
“‘Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers? The priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan?’ The answer came, ‘The Samaritan, the one who treated him with compassion.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then go and do the same.’”
This JustMatters module is unique for at least two reasons. One, it is the first module to bring people of different faiths together to work for the common good. Second, and more importantly, it brings Muslims and Christians together to stand as a sign of Muslim-Christian good will and cooperation. This sign is greatly needed at a time of heightening anti-Muslim prejudice.
In the Spirit of St Francis and the Sultan helps participants learn the basics of each other’s faith in such a way that their faiths’ commonalties and differences are clarified and respected. Participants’ praying together is encouraged, but never assumed. Muslims’ and Christians’ differences in their understandings of God are recognized, and participants are provided with ceremonies in which their common faith symbols can be honored. Participants will visit each other’s places of worship and will work towards engaging in a specific social justice project at the module’s end.
The JustMatters module, In the Spirit of St Francis and the Sultan: Muslims and Christians Working Together for the Common Good, was written by George Dardess and Marvin Mich, the co-authors of a book of the same title published by Orbis Books in the spring of 2011.
Registration for the module is $150 per group. Additional materials costs are described in the program flyer. For more information, please contact Mary Wright or David Horvath
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