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The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic Engagement with the World of Islam


Seminar Description

This seminar explores the church bearing witness to the Gospel of peace in dynamic engagement with Muslims whether in contexts of militancy or in settings of moderation.  We also study the mission of Muslims to extend the peace of Islam as well as examine Islamic and Christian theologies that have nurtured militancy.  Accounts of faithful witness to the peace of Christ will be presented with presented practical insights on cultivating peacemaking commitments. Co-sponsored by the Mennonite Central Committee and TMS Global.

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Seminar Schedule

Tues., Jan. 9
9:00 a.m. Worship, led by Dr. David Shenk
9:30 The Seventh Century Arabian Context in which the Muslim Community emerged.
10:30 The Ten Pillars of the House of Islam
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. Jesus and Muhammad
4:00 Seminar concludes for the day
Wed., Jan. 10
9:00 a.m. The Qur’an and the Bible
10:00 Theological Foundations for the Peace of Islam (The Hijrah)
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. Muslim Mission in the Modern Context
3:00 A Case Study: Iranian Mahadism
4:00 Seminar concludes for the day
Thu., Jan. 11
9:00 a.m. Worship
9:30 Responding to the Muslim Objection to the Incarnation, the Cross, the Resurrection
10:30 Tawhid (Oneness of God) and the Kingdom of God in Persistent Encounter: Convergence and Divergence
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. Obstacles and Opportunities: An Open Door For Peace-making!
4:00 Seminar concludes for the day
Fri., Jan. 12
11:30 a.m. Seminar concludes

Resource Person

Dr. David Shenk was born to pioneer Mennonite missionaries in Tanzania, and has invested a life-time in missions.  For sixteen years he served within Muslim communities in Somalia and Kenya.  At present he is Global Consultant with Eastern Mennonite Missions.  His interest in Christian witness, especially among Muslims, has taken him into 100 countries.  He has authored or co-authored fifteen books on the mission of the church in our pluralistic world.  He holds a doctorate in religious studies education with course work in anthropology from New York University.