You are invited to listen in to a discussion of “Love in Religion” with His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, in a special livestream event on Monday April 27, from 3-5 PM EDT.
HRH Prince Ghazi, who spent some time with a UCC leadership delegation during their visit to the Middle East last month, is profoundly interested in faith, religion, religious history, and relations among faith communities. The royal family in Jordan descends from the Prophet Muhammad, the “seal of the prophets” in Islam, and the Prince is part of that tradition and legacy. He serves His Highness King Abdullah II as Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs in Jordan.
In their conversations, UCC executives shared with HRH Prince Ghazi the UCC’s commitment to peace and justice issues, including Israel/Palestine, and our two centuries of mission engagement in the Middle East, noting that our mission board was among the first to provide Americans information and perspectives on Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East.
The Prince, who just released a book, A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam, is especially interested in and concerned about interreligious relations, and has been a catalyst for the World Interfaith Harmony Week. He plans to share his book and his experiences in the “Love and Religion” presentation on Monday.
It’s an event UCC executives encourage you to view.
“We are experiencing a rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination in the U.S., as evidenced in attempts to ban entry into our country from a number of Muslim majority countries. In the United Church of Christ and in our Global Ministries partnership with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we are committed to standing with our interfaith brothers and sisters across the world and for the sake of peace, justice and reconciliation,” said the Rev. Jim Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries, Co-Executive, Global Ministries.
“The opportunity we had to visit with Prince Ghazi in Jordan and talk about our shared commitment to love was rich and powerful. He is passionate about love as a means of binding together religious bodies that have been taught to fear each other,” said the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. “I am proud to have the United Church of Christ partner with him in the pursuit of love as a way of healing humankind.”
Information on the Facebook live presentation can be found here on the book publisher’s Facebook page.