Mabda report 12.07.11

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MABDA Report 10/07/2011

BWA commission urges Baptists to continue conversation with Muslims

Baptists must continue to engage with Muslims around the world in hopes of promoting “peaceful living together,” a Baptist World Alliance commission concluded July 6.

Developing a process by which Christians and Muslims can address and resolve issues of conflict is essential, said members of the BWA’s commission on Baptist-Muslim relations, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in conjunction with the global organization’s Annual Gathering July 4-9.


Islamic prince to attend Pope’s interfaith meeting in Assisi

Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal – promoter in 2007 of the letter of 138 Muslim scholars for dialogue with Christians – will attend the next interfaith meeting convened by Pope Benedict XVI due to take place on 27 October in Assisi. It will therefore be one of the Islamic leaders taking part in the event on the occasion of the twenty-five years since the first day of prayer of the Religions for Peace, commissioned by Pope John Paul II in 1986. The decision was announced by the Muslim dignitary during a recent meeting in Amman with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal.


Interfaith services a growing trend in U.S.

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, interfaith relations in the U.S. are taking on new importance. A case in point is the growing momentum of the Faith Shared project, an interfaith initiative designed to promote understanding and respect across all religions through joint services.


An interfaith effort to foster religious tolerance on campus

CHICAGO — For a guy who is only 35 and lives in a walkup apartment, Eboo Patel has already racked up some impressive accomplishments.

A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, he has four honorary degrees. His autobiography is required freshman reading on 11 college campuses. He runs a nonprofit organization — the Interfaith Youth Core — with 31 employees and a budget of $4 million. And he was tapped by the White House as a key architect of an initiative announced in April by President Barack Obama.