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Loyola Institute for Ministry's free 'Spirituality in the City' series discusses 'The Muslims Around You'

November 1, 2013

The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry continues its “First Tuesdays: Spirituality in the City” series in November with a conversation about “The Muslims Around You” set for Tuesday, Nov. 5. The public events, running through May, feature free lunch and are designed to promote rich dialogue on spirituality topics by hosting presenters with a wide range of religious backgrounds.

“Religious misunderstanding is the source of such conflict in our world today,” said Tom Ryan, Ph.D., director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry. “In contrast, appreciative conversation with those whose faith differs from our own works against that conflict and can even enhance our own spirituality.”

With that mission in mind, Loyola Islamic Studies professor Adil Khan, Ph.D. will present the next free lecture, “The Muslims Around You” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception located at 130 Baronne St. A simple lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.

The December event in the series will explore Hanukah with Rabbi Ethan Linden Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation located at 3737 West Esplanade Ave. in Metairie.

People of all faiths (or none at all) are warmly invited to this annual interfaith series that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding and collaboration on topics of spirituality. During the “First Tuesdays” events, local leaders initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions and address the theme, “Spirituality in the City.” The series is sponsored by the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Loyola Institute for Ministry and the Catholic Book Store.

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