Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Midwest Regional Islamic-Catholic Dialogue

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Midwest Regional Islamic-Catholic Dialogue

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For three years, a group of Muslims and Roman Catholics in the midwestern part of the United States has been making an annual retreat and discussing the meaning of an expression held in common, "the Word of God." Convening with joint sponsorship by the Islamic Society of North America and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and hosted by Catholic and Muslim leaders in Indianapolis, Indiana, the group meets for twenty-four hours to discuss various aspects of Christian and Islamic understandings of "the Word of God," to exchange information, to pray, and to share some informal conversation. Participants have come from Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Lafayette, and Detroit to Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis each Fall since 1996 and will gather again November 10-11, 1999, at the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America. Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, I.S.N.A. Secretary-General, and Bishop Kevin M. Britt, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, are currently co-chairing these annual meetin gs.

After an initial exploratory meeting in 1996, the group settled down to explore how the expression "the Word of God" is used in each of their traditions. In 1997, they read and discussed articles on the topic and listened to general presentations by Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan of Chicago; Imam A. M. Khattab of Toledo; the Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute in New York; and the Rev. Thomas Michel, S.J., from Rome, who is Director for Interreligious Relations for the Jesuits. …

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