Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking in Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Since September 11, 2001, tension between Muslims and Christians has escalated, creating divisions and jeopardizing world peace. Although it is a lesser known story in the life of Francis of Assisi, the Saint's encounter with Sultan Malek al-Kamil during the 5th crusade in 1219 provides an example for mutual respect and peaceful dialogue amid our pluralistic culture today. Through video, small group conversation, and personal reflection, we will consider the encounter of Francis and the Sultan as a model for peacemaking and discover tools to build trust and healthy interfaith relationships in bold, courageous, and respectful ways. Following in the footsteps of Francis and the Sultan is a beautiful way to celebrate St. Francis' Feast Day on October 4th.
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