Merrimack College Announces Its New Abrahamic Center

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Merrimack College (North Andover, MA), founded in 1947 by the Augusban order, inaugurated a new center to study and encourage inter-religious connections among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

The new Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, inaugurated on 4 Oct. 2008, expands the mission of Merrimack's fourteen-yearold Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations. Padraic O'Hare (professor of religious and theological studies, Merrimack), who continues as the center's director, stated: "For many years, the Center brought Jews, Christians, and Muslims together for appropriate forms of prayer and sponsored a range of outstanding programs of theological, political, and cultural content. These include programs on great women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; common values in assessing war and peace-, and many, many others."

The center offers broad programs of interfaith study (e.g., an academic minor in Jewish-ChristianMuslim relations) as well as educational programs that bring Merrimack's predominantly Christian study body into contact with Jewish and Muslim studente in area colleges and universities for dialogue and collaborative work promoting justice and peace. …