The Respect Graduate School was founded on the value of respect for all walks of life, with the mission to promoting knowledge through research in Islamic Studies, and with the goal of preparing men and women for leadership roles in their communities and around the world for the public good. To achieve this however, one must be able to work cooperatively with others who come from different cultural and religious backgrounds. The key to success in this regard is in understanding our differences and recognizing our shared values.

Throughout the year RGS offers a variety of programs that are aimed at bringing together people from our community who are of different faiths for friendly and educational events, such as our bi-annual Muslim and Christian Dialogue series.

Muslim and Christian Dialogue Series are hosted by RGS in cooperation with Moravian Theological Seminary and Lehigh Dialogue Center. These events last five weeks and are held on Wednesday nights at either RGS or MTS. The series begin with a welcome dinner on the first night, and then the subsequent meetings feature a lecture on a chosen topic such as violence and religion, free speech, women in Islam and Christianity, and worship, faith, and action.

The following is the schedule of the upcoming series:

FALL 2016 

September 28, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:

Dinner & Sharing (No formal presentation) at RGS

October 5, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:

Muslim Math: 5+6=11 (Pillars and Teachings) at MTS

October 12, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:

Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s Traditions (Hadith) at MTS

October 19, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:

Women In Islam and Society at RGS

October 26, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:

Open Discussion on Questions and Issues at RGS

SPRING 2017 

April 197:15pm – 9:30pm:

Dinner & Sharing (No formal presentation)

April 267:15pm – 9:30pm:

Christian Math: 3=1 & 1=3 (Trinity Matters)

May 37:15pm – 9:30pm:

Scriptures’ Challenges

May 107:15pm – 9:30pm:

Pictures, Symbols and Sacraments

May 177:15pm – 9:30pm:

Open Discussion on Questions and Issues