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  • Pope Francis Reaches Out to Muslims at the End of Ramadan


    Dr. Michael Reid Trice, the school's Assistant Dean of Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, shared Pope Francis' reflection at the end of this year's season of Ramadan with the Faculty and Staff.
    Ramadan is a the holy month of fasting and reflection that realigns the rhythm of life in relationship to God and to neighbor.  August 8-9th 2013 marked the end of Ramadan through a celebration of Eid al-Fitr (­­­­­­­­­or, the Feast of Breaking the Fast), which emphasizes renewal, family, thanksgiving, joy and acts of kindness or charity. 

     “Ramadan is an excellent time to speak with Muslim colleagues and friends about the meaning of this season to their own lives and communities,” Dr. Trice shares.  “Religious holidays and observances provide an opportunity to raise our religious I.Q. that much more.
    At the close of Ramadan, I'd like to share this timely message from Pope Francis, here online. Each year, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue writes to Muslims in the world; but at the start of his Pontificate, Francis desired to draft a personal letter about respect and kindness between Muslims and Christians. I hope you find this letter as inviting as I do. "

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is entering a new and exciting season of dialogue and collaboration.  Through regularly occurring, intentional Muslim-Christian and Jewish-Christian gatherings of leadership, we strive together for the greater good of our communities and world. Both of these dialogues will meet through the coming academic year (2013-2014).  Rabbi Anson Laytner, staff Program Manager for the school's Interreligious Initiative and Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue, are also deeply involved in dialogue within our student body and the larger community.




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