Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking in Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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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.

About the leader(s)

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.