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:
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
April 19, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:
Dinner & Sharing (No formal presentation)
April 26, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:
Christian Math: 3=1 & 1=3 (Trinity Matters)
May 3, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:
May 10, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:
Pictures, Symbols and Sacraments
May 17, 7:15pm – 9:30pm:
Open Discussion on Questions and Issues