I got a call yesterday from a lady in Waterloo, IA. Actually, I had made an overture to her a few days earlier. I had heard through the Episcopal grape vine that she gave talks to groups about understanding Islam and the Muslim culture. I am a priest in a small Iowa town and we have limited exposure to people of other faiths and she has volunteered to come to Chariton and talk to us about her faith and culture. I believe the more we understand each other the better the chances for us to get along.
I will present this idea to the Inter-church Council and ask them to encourage their congregants to attend the talk. There is always a risk that someone may come to disrupt her presentation but I believe it is worth that risk. I am thinking of asking those in attendance to write down some questions they might have in advance so that she will have a chance to think about how she will respond.
I will let you know how it goes.