Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE: Christian-Muslim Dialogue – Experiencing Peace. October 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the ARCA Banquet Facility (14525 127 Street). Tickets are available at Eventbrite. Here is the Facebook event (but you still need to register and pay through Eventbrite, even if you click Going).

Here are the bios for this year’s Lead Facilitators:

Zaid Al Rawni has an undergraduate degree in communications and a post-graduate MSc in development management and recently got his MBA. He has been working for Islamic relief since 2002 and has been part of the senior leadership team in Canada since 2010 and their CEO since 2014. During this time, he has been in Darfur helping respond to one of the world’s most complex emergencies. He spent time in Haiti as a first responder during the earthquake, in Pakistan during the severe floods, in Gaza after the war and in the Philippines after Hurricane Hayane. Zaid has worked to help Yazidi families fleeing for safety in Iraq and Rohingya communities both in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Most recently he has been asked to speak on religion at the provincial legislature in Toronto; and delivered a paper on engaging youth in poverty risk reduction with the World Civil Society Network in Germany. Through this work, Zaid has become an expert on discrimination, racism and Islamophobia. His goal is to get people talking about diversity in meaningful ways – and then plan, implement and promote economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world.

John Hartley holds PhD, MA and MPhil degrees from Yale University, an MA in Iranian History from the University of Isfahan and a BA in International Relations from UC Davis.

John PhD has a passion to see Muslims and Christians getting along with each other and overcoming stereotypes and conflict. The power of religious and tribal dynamics became real to John during the civil wars in Liberia. He partnered with leaders there to develop leadership and capacity building projects that addressed fundamental challenges to community development and reconciliation (e.g., public health, education, self-help agriculture). Since then, John’s work and research have addressed similar dynamics across the world, from the US to Pakistan, Iran to Malaysia.

Having firsthand experience in Muslim – Christian conflict resolution also in the Middle East, and being the first American to graduate from an Iranian University after the revolution, John was led him to start a group called Pathways For Mutual Respect in 2006. He serves as Executive Director of PFMR that transforms relationships among Muslims and Christians by providing practical help for leaders in bridging for the common good. John studies religion, politics and global affairs with an emphasis on more conservative religious actors and their relations with other communities. His work stresses the ways religious belief, embodied dispositions and socio-political struggle over authority influence situational leadership. He works out of Yale University’s Center for Faith and Culture.

Scriptural Reasoning is a monthly group that meets to study the Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy books together. An explanation from a founder: http://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk and an example of the text bundles used is here.  The next dates that we meet are October 30 and November 30, 2018.  All are welcome.

Book Club: A Common Word Alberta invites Edmontonians to a Muslim-Christian Book Club starting a new book entitled A Muslim and A Christian in Dialogue. The monthly group meets in members’ homes the second last Tuesday each month. The next dates for this group are October 23 and November 20, 2018.
Sign up at:  acommonwordalberta@gmail.com and buy the book here.

You can take a look at our most recent past events here.