Welcome to Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, KY
Our interfaith dialogue is always open to the public!
Our interfaith dialogue is always open to the public!
As Christians, Muslims and Jews, we fully support the call for an end to endemic and systemic anti-Black racism in the United States of America. Although this is one of the stated aims of Black Lives Matter in the present demonstrations, we in no way intend this resolution to imply any blanket endorsement of this organization. We do not support vandalism and burning of Christian churches and statues, attacks on Jewish synagogues and shops, nor assaults on Muslim mosques such as we have seen carried out in these demonstrations.
Therefore, we call upon our fellow Christians Muslims and Jews, as well as the leaders of Black Lives Matter and of organizations sympathetic to them, to oppose all violence against churches, mosques, synagogues and other sacred sites, and against sacred objects and books such as Bibles, Qur'ans, Torah scrolls, or religious statues.
We ask these supporters to denounce all verbal and physical attacks against any human being on account of his or her religion.
Messages about this resolution may be sent to the Steering Committee using the Contact Us page on this website.
Response from The Covenants of the Prophet Foundation, October 29, 2020
Dear Steering Committee of the Christian/Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, Kentucky:
This is to confirm that the Covenants of the Prophet Foundation endorses the SPECIAL STATEMENT of the Steering Committee denouncing interreligious violence and challenging Black Lives Matter and their allies to do the same.
Charles Upton, Executive Director
The Right Reverend Mark Van Koevering, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, will talk to us about his experiences living in Mozambique for 26 years, including his interactions with the Islamic community.
The Right Reverend Mark Van Koevering ("vancouver-ing") is a Michigan native, and completed a BS degree in Crop and Soil Sciences, and MS in Genetics and Plant Breeding at Michigan State University. His academic background took him to Thailand as Peace Corps Volunteer as well as time teaching in China. Mark’s first experience in Mozambique from 1987-1997 was during a time of war and upheaval, where he promoted peace and reconciliation through the Mozambican Council of Churches.
Mark became a postulant of the Diocese of Niassa, Anglican Church of Southern Africa and completed his theological formation at Trinity College, University of Bristol. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Church in Wales, where he served as a curate and priest-in-charge. Mark was elected the third Bishop of Niassa in 2002 and served as the diocesan bishop in Mozambique until the end of 2015. During his time as bishop, the diocese grew significantly, with over 200 new church plants, 50,000 baptisms and 19,000 confirmations during his tenure. In addition, Mark empowered local leadership to initiate comprehensive, holistic social development with over 500,000 beneficiaries annually. In January 2016, Mark was welcomed into the Episcopal Church and called to serve as the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of West Virginia until his move to Lexington in April 2018.
Mark is a passionate follower of Jesus and believes that in being the church we bring hope to the world.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Important note: this program will be presented virtually, using Zoom. Please sign up for our newsletter, as the meeting ID and information will be provided through email.
After our speaker concludes his presentation, we hope that you will stay connected and join us for conversation in small groups in Breakout Rooms.
The Steering Committee asks that those attending in person or online please consider making a small donation to our GoFundMe page.
Funds will be used to defray monthly expenses, such as web hosting and online presentations. When we meet in person, CMD donates to our host houses of worship. We also use funds to donate to God's Pantry and Kentucky Refugee Ministries and those that they serve.
Most High, Creator of All,
give us grace and wisdom
to work for civility
and respect for all people
so all Your children can worship
and walk together, united in spirit.
Strengthen the resolve of those who reject violence,
revenge and retaliation.
Support those who prize the dignity of others
as highly as their own.
Give us wisdom
to hold all creation sacred,
precious, and worthy of our care.
Cause us to consider
the price of conflict,
prejudice, suspicion and fear;
open our eyes
to see the benefits
of living as one diverse human family,
recognizing the dignity of each person.
Renew in us the resolve to dedicate our energy
to the work of building a just society
for all of every race,
language and way of life.
Make us instruments of your Shalom.
Keep us united in spirit, mercy, hope,
thanksgiving and harmony.
Give us vision
to build the culture of encounter, together.
May it be so.
Click here for our interfaith dialogue discussion guidelines. Our hope is to provide a forum where civil discussions about interfaith and religion issues can occur with respect and understanding.
Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington, Kentucky
Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington, KY 40503
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