The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations is honoring four people during its annual Feast of Faiths and Awards Dinner with special guests President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. and Archdiocese of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley at the Rogers Center for the Arts Tuesday evening.
These students are members of the Interfaith Alliance at Merrimack. They recently held two “interventions” to combat Islamophobia by engaging with the community in order to get to know everyone better and dispel any fears or stereotypes.
Merrimack is creating its own City of God, empowering new students to serve others while working on their academics and personal growth in a living-learning community scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.
Eileen Jennings ’64, admits that she spent most of her life largely unaware of the specific teachings of the Muslim religion, and its many similarities with Christianity. But that changed dramatically in 2007, when she met an Afghan man named Israr who has since brought religious tolerance, sustaining friendship, and a new calling into Jennings’ life. Today, through the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Jennings has reached out to share those gifts with the Merrimack community.
Three to five grants will be awarded to encourage the development of interfaith courses for graduate and undergraduate curricula, as well as for professional development programs. The deadline has been extended and submissions are now due by February 29, 2016.