Sunday, February 21st, 5 PM
Second in a Series …
Reconciling False Divisions: Sharing Communion
Part II: Sharing Abraham – Celebrating the Similarities of the Three Major Abrahamic Faiths for a Muslim Perspective
“Even though religion has been used to divide people belonging to the three major Abrahamic faiths( Jews, Christians and Muslims), I prefer to highlight the similarities of the teachings of the three Abrahamic faiths in hopes of narrowing the knowledge gap and bring people of Abrahamic faiths closer together. We have much more in common than most people realize.” — Ejaz Naqvi, The Quran: With or Against the Bible?
Our Guest Speaker at this month’s gathering will speak to this point; as well as provide a basic understanding of the Islamic faith tradition.
About our Guest Speaker this Month: Ejaz Naqvi, MD describes himself as a “born-again Muslim” and is an Amazon Bestselling author of “The Quran: With or Against the Bible?” He is the past president of Islamic Center of Zahra in Pleasanton, CA and has been actively involved in many other local Islamic centers in various capacities. He serves on the executive board of Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
You can purchase and read Ejaz’s book HERE
Always a free event, open to everyone, but please RSVP: email@example.com Newcomers always welcome. The 2015 Calendar of Gatherings is here.
RECONCILING FALSE DIVISIONS
A Series exploring the Shared Abrahamic roots of Three Faith Traditions
Part I: Jewish Roots
A Presbyterian politician who wants to be the leader of the free world claims to have written a great book; second only to the Bible. He has promised to “protect Christianity,” and ban all Muslims outside the United States from entering. It remains unclear if he expects all radical Jihadists to self-profess at the border; instead of — say — swearing to be as Presbyterian as he is.
Beneath the superficiality of such political idiocy, an appreciative consideration of the shared Abrahamic roots of three great faith traditions might be helpful in finding ways to reconcile the false divisions that the most strident voices of ignorance seem to propagate.
This is the first in a series of commentaries that attempt in some small way to make such a modest attempt. It begins where it all began; with Jewish roots and the mythic Hebrew character of Abraham.
You can read more of what this might mean in this latest commentary Here.
In the last four decades, John Bennison has been a teacher, preacher, lecturer, trainer, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of a faith-based non-profit organization.
He’s authored eight publications on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways, as he writes the Words & Ways commentaries and blogs on The Christian Progressive, engaging others everywhere in meaningful dialogue. He also volunteers as Director and President of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also continues to provide professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (www.imaginecominghome.com).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.