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How can Christians and Muslims build closer relationships in the face of pressures from within and without their different communities, and in a world where religiously sanctioned conflict is often given high profile in the media?
When they welcomed Muslims to share their Christian place of worship, the Aberdeen Church of St John the Evangelist set a precedent in these islands. The move was criticised by some, but praised by an even larger number of people of all faiths and none. It was a courageous move.
So, in a critical times for both Muslims and Christians, what can be done to improve Christian-Muslim encounters in Scotland? What doors must be opened to address sectarianism and prejudice?
These are among the questions being considered as part of a conversation at Just Festival 2013. It will take place at 6pm on Monday 19th August, in the hall at St John's Episcopal Church (venue 27, corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road), Edinburgh. The cost is £5. Ticktes can be purchased online, or at the cash box office at the venue.
The Speakers will be the Rev Canon Dr Isaac M Poobalan (Scottish Episcopal Church) and Dr Emad Jodeh (University of Aberdeen). Chairing will be the Rev Dr Harriet Harris (University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy). The whole event is sponsored by the Alwaleed Centre.
Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.
* Full booking details for Christian-Muslim conversation: http://tinyurl.com/mwbuoqn
* Ekklesia is a sponsor of Just Festival. Our news, reporting and comment is aggregated at: www.ekklesia.co.uk/justfestival
© Anna Schwoub is a writer and academic from Northumbria specialising in the link between culture, religion and social change.Tweet