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Conference on Christian-Muslim relations set for Kanuga in December (revised October 9)

[Episcopal News Service]  A Kanuga program planned many months ago is suddenly very timely. 'The Reconciliation Conference: Christianity and Islam in Conflict-Is There A Way Forward?' is set for December 2-5, 2001.

The event is co-sponsored by Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, North Carolina and the Community of the Cross of Nails, an international ministry of peace and reconciliation based at Coventry Cathedral, England. The program was planned long before the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Presenting the issue from an international viewpoint will be five keynoters: the Rev. Andrew White, director of International Ministry for Coventry Cathedral in England; Dr. Liyakatali Takim, of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami, who will discuss the history and theology of Islam and its rise in the United States; the Rev. Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Barnabas Fund in England, which assists Christians suffering for their faith overseas; the Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Nigeria, the scene of armed clashes between Christians and Muslims; and Dr. Douglas Johnston, president and founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy in Washington, D. C., which last November co-sponsored an international forum for inter-religious cooperation and peace in Khartoum, Sudan.

Other speakers will discuss the situation in Pakistan, Germany, and Canada. The conference coordinator is the president of the Community of the Cross of Nails-U. S. A., Van C. Kussrow, Jr. The Rev. Anne B. Stevenson of Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Tennessee is the chaplain.

'There has long been serious conflict in other parts of the world,' Kussrow said. 'Wherever they live, Christians and Muslims need to know more about each other. We must recognize and appreciate the many things which we share, both culturally and religiously.'

For information contact Kanuga at 828-692-9136, email or visit the web site at The address is Post Office Box 250, Hendersonville, NC 28793.