Interfaith Academy – Environmental Care

Dr. Bilgin and M.Div student J. Clarkson clearly presented Islamic and Christian perspectives on the topic of Environmental Care. Bilgin drew attention to some significant facts about environmental problems stemming from pollution. Also taking account for the meanings of the universe and the place of people in this world according...

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Interfaith Academy – Living Together in Peace

Reverend Madeline Hawley and Mr. Erdem Balikci addressed the topic of Environmental Care from Christian and Islamic perspectives respectively at Interfaith Academy Panel that took place at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Wednesday evening,  March 2nd.     Rev. Madeline began her speech with the Islamic greeting, As Salamu Alaikum....

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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

At our first book club meeting on Feb 24, 2106 we discussed Brian McLaren’s Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Below are a few quotes from some of participants. “A thought-provoking and insightful book motivating to be open to any other person, community and religion...

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Hizmet in Africa by Ambassador David Shinn

Hizmet in Africa The Activities and Significance of the Gülen Movement is the only book-length work that analyzes the multifaceted activities in Africa of the followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999. In 2008, Foreign Policy magazine named Gülen as the world’s top...

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Dialogue Matters with Rev. Stephen Jolly

On February 18, 2016, Rev. Stephen Jolly, Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Austin,  was our guest speaker. This event was a continuation of a strong relationship that the Dialogue Institute started with the First Baptist Church. Most guests at our Dialogue Matters tonight were from First Baptist Church of...

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Justice in Christianity and Islam

The topic of the Interfaith Panel on February 17th was Justice. The event was hosted by the St. James’ Episcopal Church. Dr. Candas focused on Islam’s perspective, emphasizing  the importance of the belief in Justice Day and Afterlife. Rev. David Hoster described Christian’s view, and defined it as “something that...

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Islamic Reform and Secularization: Late Ottoman Intellectual Discussions

Dr. Mustafa Gökçek from Niagara University delivered a lecture on Islamic Reform and Secularization as part of the Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series at the University of Texas at Austin on February 16, 2015. Gökçek is an Associate Professor of History in Niagara University, specializing in various countries in various time periods such as the...

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Start a dialogue condemning acts of terrorism, not Islam

Imagine that I want to know the speed limit on MoPac Boulevard and decide to measure the speeds of cars driving on the highway to figure it out. I would probably conclude that the speed limit is around 85 miles an hour as I’m likely to see several cars driving...

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Regional Advisory Board Meeting held in Oklahoma City

Dialogue Institute held its annual Regional Advisory Committee Meeting in Oklahoma City on January 9, 2016. More than 60 members from many cities where Dialogue Institute serves participate in this yearly effort to explore how to advance dialogue, mutual understanding, peace and respect in our societies. The event had a...

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Noah’s Pudding at Central Presbyterian Church

With the help of speaker Kuaye Batsurk, director of the Raindrop Women’s Association, the Interfaith Dialog hosted festivities by serving Noah’s Pudding to attendants to spread the message of togetherness on November 22, 2015.   Noah’s Pudding As the story tells us, Noah’s Ark landed on top of a mountain...

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“Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” by Rebecca Guengerich

            On Nov. 19 2015, Rebecca Guengerich, Pastoral Associate at the Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Texas at Austin, was the guest speaker for the Dialogue Matters program. The topic of her talk was Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity. In her speech, she...

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