On Monday, March 5, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main St., members of the community will have a rare opportunity to share in a roundtable discussion with Muslim scholars and clerics from the Middle East.

The event is part of Islam, Scholarship and Practice in the United States, a program for high-profile United States Department of State visitors. The March 5 program features scholars and clerics from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria who are touring the country for three weeks to study religious diversity, co-existence and tolerance.

The project, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is a collaborative effort between the Department of State, AMIDEAST, the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center, WorldBoston, a Boston-based international affairs organization, and Interfaith Action, a local non-profit organization.

The program will enable local residents to discuss topics of religious diversity and pluralism with the guests, along with youth leaders from Interfaith Action’s Youth Leadership Program. The goals of the program are to convey an understanding of the place of religion-particularly Islam-in American life; broaden awareness of and appreciation for serious religious study in the U.S., especially the study of Islam; and examine the compatibility of religious practice and democratic social/political structures, the benefits of mutually respectful coexistence, and Islamic practice in multicultural and multiethnic context.

Interfaith Action, Inc. is dedicated to developing a healthy culture of pluralism in Sharon, creating a model for towns throughout the nation. Through the Youth Leadership Program, Interfaith Action develops a new generation of leaders who are capable of reaching across religious, ethnic, and racial barriers to serve their community and to create a more civil and peaceful society.

The March 5 program is free and open to the public. Please call 781-784-0651 for more information about this important and informative evening.

Janet Penn is the executive director of Interfaith Action, Inc.


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