By the Reverend Karen F. Siegfriedt Mar 13, 2017
I don’t know about you but at an early age, I was exposed to many people who were of different races, nationalities, religions, and political outlook. I always thought of America as a country who tried hard to embrace diversity and gave people a chance to pursue happiness in a safe environment. A recent increase in prejudice, racism, hate crimes, and a general disregard for people who are different, have many people concerned.
To this end, Compassionate Amador and Trinity Church will sponsor a five-week Lenten Program on “Understanding Islam.” Our goal is to build bridges of understanding and compassion rather than to build walls because of fear and ignorance. There are so many misconceptions about Islam and its followers. The Islamic radicals, the fundamentalists, and the terrorists make up such a small percentage of the population, yet these are the only images we see on the media. Because of this media slant, we are uninformed of Islam’s vibrant culture, scholarship, and religious perspective.
Compassionate Amador invites the people of Amador County to learn, listen, and discuss Islam during the five Wednesday Evenings, beginning March 8-April 5th. Lecture and Film will be held at Trinity Church (430 State Hwy. 49, Sutter Creek) from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free to all. Our speakers include a Christian convert to Islam, a Middle Eastern dancer and speaker of Sufi Mysticism, an Imam and Islamic Scholar, and the director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Details are below. Log onto www.trinitysuttercreek for more information.
Lecture & Film: 6:45 to 8 p.m. in the Church building
March 8: Understanding Islam (part 1): Focus on the early history of the faith, its pillars, and comparison to Christianity. (Guest Speaker: Pam Sharp Elshayeb)
March 15: Understanding Islam (part 2): Focus on the Middle Ages, its customs, and mysticism. (Guest Speaker: Amel Tafsout)
March 22: Understanding Islam (part 3): Focus on Modern times, the Shiite-Sunni Struggle, Fundamentalism.
March 29: Understanding the Koran and Islamic theology. (Imam Kamran Islam)
April 5: Understanding the political situation in the Middle East; terrorism; Islam in America; Immigration Ban. (Basim Ekkara CAIR: Council on American-Islamic Relations)