Monday, October 06, 2008

LTSP Hosts International Delegation of Scholars and Religious Leaders

On Friday, September 26, 2008, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) hosted an international delegation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders taking part in a Fulbright Fellowship Interfaith Community Action Program, arranged through the Dialogue Institute of Temple University. The afternoon session began with a welcome and introductions of the Fulbright participants, and LTSP faculty and PhD students by Dr. David D. Grafton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at LTSP. LTSP Dean, Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, then provided a presentation on "Pedagogy for Interfaith Relations." Dr. Rajashekar explored the issues related to how a Christian Protestant Denominational seminary trains public leaders of the Church in a religiously pluralistic environment. The presentation was followed by a fruitful dialogue. The Fulbright participants completed their visit with a tour of the LTSP campus.

The ten Fulbright participants were Dr. Fahrad Abdulrahman Alhououdi - Vice Dean of Academic Research at Iman Muhamed bin Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ziad Elias Fahd - Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavorial Sciences at Notre Dame University in Lebanon, Mr. Ghassan Abdel Salaam Manasra - Imam of the Quadi Sufi Center in Israel, Mr. Akhtarul Shaukat Ali - head of the Department of Islamic Studies at the Zakir Husain Institute in India, Mr. Mohammad Modasir Ali - Assistan Professor of Comparative Religion at International Islamic University of Islamabad in Pakistan, Fr. Serge Moussa of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in Burkina Faso, Dr. Fatimah Husein - Executive Director of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies of the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, Ms. Mehri Niknam - Exectutive Director for the Joseph Interfaith Foundation in England, Fr. Michael Chua Kim Wah - Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Archdiocesan Ministry of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in Malaysia, and Mr. Khedimeliah Moussa - Manager in Sustainable Development for EHESS-CADIS in France.

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