December 2017

Interfaith Advent Program: Mary as an Inspiration in Both Christianity and Islam

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The West Suffield Congregational Church, UCC, in conjunction with the Suffield Interfaith Council, will be hosting an interfaith program entitled “Mary in the Bible and Maryam in the Qu’ran; An Evening of Reflection on the Mother of Jesus, A Role Model for Christians and Muslims Alike.”

We will explore the story of Mary in these two sacred texts. During the Christian season of Advent, Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus, who calls Christians to be neighbors to all people. What better way for Christians and Muslims to learn more about each other, as neighbors, than to come together to learn how the Mother of Jesus is respected in both Christianity and Islam.

Pastor Lisa Eleck, M.Div., and Colleen Keyes, Ph.D., will lead this time of scripture, reflection, and prayer. Lisa Eleck, who attended the Cooperative M.Div. Program at Hartford Seminary and completed her M.Div. at Yale Divinity School, and Colleen Keyes, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Exeter and an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from the Hartford Seminary and the M.A. in Second Language and Multicultural Education from Fairfield University, are both passionate about interfaith relations and social justice. They are excited about being able to share their faiths during this holy season.

This program is open to all people in the Suffield area who are interested in coming together to learn about how Mary, this special woman in Christianity and Islam, is a source of inspiration for each faith tradition.

Please join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at West Suffield Congregational Church, UCC, 1048 Mountain Rd. West Suffield, CT 06093. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

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