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With so much information bombarding us from every angle regarding Islam, it is difficult to know what to believe and who to trust. Often, sensationalist media, radical/fanatical faith perspectives, and ever-present stereotypes pervade the messages given to us in our day to day lives. It is essential that we seek an honest, fair and just perspective about one another’s faith and commitments. The goal of the Resources, Basics of Islam, and News and Views sections of our website is to give you some resources to help you begin your journey to truthfully knowing and relating to ‘the other’.

For some, reading about and learning the basic history and structure of Islam is the first step toward building knowledge and respect for Muslim neighbors. Others might have daily interactions with Muslims which lead them to ask further questions and seek a deeper understanding of Islamic faith, as well as enhancing their own Christian tradition. We hope to provide a variety of tools and information here that will help you and the community around you establish healthy relationships.

Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World

Christian-Muslim Talking Points

Windows for Understanding from ELCA

Interfaith Toolkit from PCUSA

National Council of Churches ecumenical response to ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’

Yale scholars’ response to ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’

Dr. Mark Swanson’s article, “Thinking Through Islam”

Roman Catholic statements on Interreligious Dialogue

Peace Not Walls - ELCA’s campaign for Palestine/Israel

Change the Story

Study guide to accompany 6-set DVD series Discover Islam, a resource made available to ELCA synods and institutions in 2011.  The series, endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, can also be previewed and purchased at www.discoverislam.com. Download the Discover Islam study guide here.

Display of Discover Islam