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Event to examine role of Mary/Maryam in Christianity and Islam

Next week Bridges Not Walls, in conjunction with other community partners, will host a presentation on the sacred and historical role of the mother of Jesus.

The event, “Mary/Maryam: A Woman of Two Traditions” will look at her position in both the Catholic and Islamic faiths.

According to a press release, “Because of the important role of Mary/Maryam in Christian and Muslim belief, some suggest that she can be a particularly fruitful starting point for an interfaith dialogue between the two faiths.”

Presenters are Dr. Kawkab Shishani, an associate professor of Nursing at Washington State University who moved from Jordan to Spokane in 2009; and Rev. Patrick Baraza, lecturer of Religious Studies and an ordained Catholic priest from the diocese of Kitale, Kenya.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be at 7 p.m., April 10 at the Gonzaga University Law School, room 143.

Along with Bridges Not Walls, event organizers include Muslims for Community Action and Support, Gonzaga Mission and Ministry, the Gonzaga Deptartment of Religious Studies, and the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies

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