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CMCS Houston Inaugural Project

Daniel, Islam, Apocalyptic

The most recent symposium was on

"Daniel in the Hadith"

We received fascinating insights into Shi'i and Sunni Hadith and how they are handled within communities of faith, followed by discussion about how those Hadith relate to the Biblical Book of Daniel and the deuterocanonical stories of Susannah.  We then asked about the potential of Daniel for interfaith relations.

For papers, recordings, ongoing discussion and the Daniel Reading Group, go to the

Job Opportunity

CMCS Houston administrator.

We are looking for someone who

  1. Shares the vision and ethos of CMCS Houston.

  2. A problem-solver, able to take initiative and to both set up and maintain systems.

  3. Servant heart – ready to observe and facilitate others.

  4. Ability to relate cross-culturally.

  5. Good written and spoken English.

  6. Experience in as many as possible of the following areas:   non-profit management; academic administration; web-site management; Muslim-Christian relations; organising events; international collaborations.

ONLINE COURSES

Applications now open for:

History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue

16th Jan - 3rd Apr 2023

Qur'an and Bible 2: Issues and Interpretation

18th Jan - 5th Apr 2023

Research and Writing for Muslim-Christian Studies

Start-any-time

You can do this start-any-time course at your own pace.   It is free of charge and includes the compulsory pre-requisite for students who wish to gain CMCS Houston credit for other courses. 

CMCS Houston Certificate in Muslim & Christian Studies

Students who have satisfactorily completed at least one of our online classes for credit are eligible to enrol for our 'Certificate in Muslim & Christian Studies'.   This is a graduate level certificate which requires at least 14 credit hours from CMCS Houston or from our collaborating institutions.   

"Religious studies should be dialogues not monologues.  You need to enroll with others in discussions and dialogue, and the  CMCS courses provide this.  They include a very special combination of people from different religious backgrounds and cultures, who enrich the discussion and help [in] gaining knowledge and opening eyes to new perspectives. Moreover, the follow-up from the lecturers gives you the chance to develop your skills personally."

--Motaz Al-Thaher, CMCS Houston Adjunct   

Listen to Ida Glaser's recent interview with David Capes of the Lanier Theological Library

NEWS

JOB OPPORTUNITY

CMCS Houston is seeking to recruit an ADMINISTRATOR who will set up and maintain administrative structures for the center, keep student records, organise local events etc.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR SPRING SEMESTER ONLINE COURSES.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Amer al-Hafi and Dr Yayha Sabbaghchi to our 'Teaching Panel'. 

RECORDINGS AND PRESENTATIONS OF THE THIRD 'DANIEL, ISLAM, APOCALYPTIC' SYMPOSIUM ARE AVAILABLE ON THE PROJECT WEBSITE.

The online reading group on the biblical book of Daniel in Islamic context continues to meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.  

 

Tea, Conversation . . . and Dinner!

Informal study sessions - Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Scripture 1 (Sept 15th)  Scripture 2 (Sept 22nd), Who is God?  (Sept 29th, Oct 6th), What is the Word? (Oct 13th), Prophets and Prophecy (Oct 20th), The Spirit (Oct 27th).

Please email us if you would like to come.

The texts studied in previous sessions are all available on our Tea and Text Meetings page.

OUR SISTER CENTER IN OXFORD HAS A GREAT CONFERENCE ON 'FAITH SAVING WATER' COMING UP ON NOVEMBER 28TH.

Dr Ida Glaser's latest book is co-authored with Anwarul Azad and a Bangaldeshi team.  It is the first of a new series of biblical commentaries from Muslim contexts which Dr Glaser edits with Dr Martin Accad of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.

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From the Archive:

Dr. David Coffey on Humanity

Our Vision

To see Muslim and Christian relationships transformed through shared academic study and by following the example of Christ.

Now more than ever our world needs understanding among peoples and nations that is grounded in honesty, transparency, and communication. 

President Robert Sloan, Houston Baptist University

I welcome this sincere effort to understand each other in a loving environment.

Dr. Ghulam Zarquani, Hijaz Muslim College 

We can all benefit from a humble interaction that is at once both uncompromising and respectful!

Rev. Dr. Greg Scharf, Bridge Trust USA

I strongly believe that this center is a step forward in building a more peaceful world where people of different faiths will learn to coexist for a better future.

Azizou Atte-oudeyi,

Doctoral Student, Rice University

Learning to think