Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 13 March 2006.
Address: 222 Colgate Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035
HistoryThe Muslim-Christian Dialog of Lorain County, Ohio, has been meeting for about three years at the local community college. During that time approximately one hundred persons have attended at least one meeting. Twelve to fifteen Christians and Muslims participate regularly.
PurposeThe purpose of the Muslim – Christian Dialog is to provide a forum for sharing religious beliefs and related ideas. Our goal is to promote understanding and cooperation between the two faiths through dialog and joint social projects.
Discussion TopicsThe group has strengthened its sense of community by learning from each other. This process of discovery has led to an appreciation for the varied cultural and religious practices of the participants. Sharing faith stories helps to break down stereotypes and to ease misconceptions. Topics for discussion are chosen by the group and are presented by a Christian and a Muslim. Topics have included: prayer, the role of the family, worship practices, the ministry of Mohammed and Jesus, the role of women, and the Word of God as presented in the Bible and the Koran.
Beyond DiscussionThese discussions have led to several significant opportunities for interaction outside the actual discussion period. For example, one of the Muslims attended a Protestant worship service. Christians attended the Islamic Iftar, which marks the end of Ramadan; for many, it was their first visit to a mosque. The Imam led a discussion of the Muslim beliefs for an adult Christian education class. A presentation by a Muslim layperson at another Christian church dealt with the significance of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Christians have been invited to the mosque for celebration and given the opportunity to sample Middle-Eastern food.
Building BridgesMuslim-Christian Dialog contributes toward world peace by building bridges between cultures and religions. Fear and suspicion lead to prejudice. Prejudice leads to hatred and hatred leads to violence. Dialog leads to mutual understanding and friendship. Relationships among members of America’s diverse cultures strengthen our country.
Reflections by Christian ParticipantsThe following are comments by Christian members of the dialog:
Reflections by Muslim ParticipantsThe following are comments by Muslim members of the dialog:
Growing in Faith TogetherMuslim-Christian dialog continues to contribute opportunities for members of both faiths to grow in their understanding of their own faith as well as that our new friends.