During a presidential election season in which Islam has been a polarizing issue, Merrimack College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations is co-sponsoring a visit to the Merrimack Valley by one of the country’s leading figures in interfaith relations Sept. 19.
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.
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.