The Muslim Catholic Alliance will present a series, "Do Catholics and Muslims Share a Common Word?" during November.
The first program, "Who Speaks for Islam? Who Speaks for Christianity? The Challenge of Identifying the Authentic Contemporary Voice for Each of Our Religions," was Nov. 10. The other two programs, which will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Rochester, 727 Westfall Road, are:
* Nov. 17: "What is the Common Word We Share?" with Dr. David Bell and Dr. Susan Nowak, SSJ.
* Nov. 24: "Going Beyond Sharing a Common Word: The Urgency of Collaboration" with Anees Masood and Marvin Mich.
These events are free and open to the public. Each evening’s format will include brief focusing talks by facilitators; 40 minutes for break-out sessions; and 30 minutes for group discussion.
Cosponsors are the Commission on Christian Muslim Relations and the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. For details, call Deacon John Brasley at 585-328-3210 or the Islamic Center at 585-442-0117. You may also visit www.acommonword.com.
This program was convened in response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," the recent document authored by more than 100 leading Muslim leaders and addressed to all Christian leaders, particularly Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican has invited many Muslim leaders to Rome this fall to discuss the document in detail.