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Participants in a local Christian-Muslim conversation group (left to right): Art Battiste, Bernard de Margerie, Asma Ahsan, Irfan Mir, Carol Pek, Angeline Battiste, Saba Ahsan, Margot Taylor, Abdullah Patel, and Fachrizal Halim.
Participants in a local Christian-Muslim conversation group (left to right): Art Battiste, Bernard de Margerie, Asma Ahsan, Irfan Mir, Carol Pek, Angeline Battiste, Saba Ahsan, Margot Taylor, Abdullah Patel, and Fachrizal Halim.
By Carol Pek

[Saskatoon] – Christianity and Islam are two world religions that share a common theological root to Abrahamic tradition. The two religions also share complex histories of conflict and coexistence that span from the Middle Ages until the present day. While the groundwork to build understandings between Christians and Muslims has been laid down by Christian and Muslim leaders, the idea is still not fully articulated in a local context.

Wishing to pursue such an initiative among ordinary Christians and Muslims in Saskatoon, Fr. Bernard de Margerie, a Roman Catholic priest, and Fachrizal Halim, a Sunni Muslim professor of Islamic Studies at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, met in December, 2018 to discuss the possibility of having a Christian-Muslim conversation group. Both saw an urgent need to know more about each other’s faith and the importance of developing respect and friendships between the two faith communities.

Five Muslims and five Christians were invited to be part of a small group to come together in meaningful conversation which would help participants understand each other better and develop friendships.

An initial meeting was set up to meet each other and express why each person was happy to be part of a conversation. A co-ordinating committee of four members was chosen to outline the direction the conversations would take.

From a list of seven possible themes for discussion, five were chosen. A Vision and Hope Statement and Guidelines for Inter-faith Dialogue were developed and discussed during the first two meetings in June and July of 2019.

The following meetings explored the chosen themes:

Presenters for each theme were various members of the group. Open and honest conversation was very much the focus of the group. The willingness of the members of the two faith communities to explore the views, doctrines, and barriers that traditionally divide us is a powerful statement that the two communities have much to offer for harmony and lasting peace in our city.

“All of us, Christians and Muslims, live under the sun of the one merciful God (Allah). We both believe in one God who is the Creator of man. …We adore God and profess total submission to him. Thus, in a true sense, we can call one another brothers and sisters in faith in the one God.” – Pope John Paul, speaking to the Muslim Leaders in Kaduna, Nigeria, February 14, 1982.

Participants were Saba Ahsan, Art Battiste, Angeline Battiste, Fachrizal Halim, Bernard de Margerie, Irfan Mir, Abdullah Patel, Carol Pek, and Margot Taylor. The Muslim participants are from the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Sunni) on Copland Crescent in Saskatoon, and the Christian participants are from the Roman Catholic community.

Posted: December 10, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10705
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian, dialogue, interfaith, Muslim, Saskatoon
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