The Rev. Patrick Baraza, of Gonzaga University, will present a lecture titled, “Muslim-Christian Relations” later this month.
According to a press release, Baraza, senior lecturer in religious studies, “will offer insights from his studies in African Catholicism and Islamic civilization to explore the current conditions surrounding the timely and challenging topic of Muslim-Christian relations.”
He is expected to share a brief history of Islam and major tenets of the religion, then discuss how global events and tensions reinforce misunderstanding and antagonism. At the lecture Baraza will offer recommendations on ways individuals can work together in their own community to promote understanding, compassion and peace.
Baraza is an ordained priest from the Diocese of Kitale, Kenya and has been with Gonzaga since 2005. He is the author of “Rival Claims for the Soul of Africa” and the upcoming book, “Drumming up Dialogue: The Bukusu Model for the World.”
The social with refreshments will start at 10 a.m. on March 22, with lecture and Q&A from 10:30–11:30 a.m. The lecture, sponsored by the Gonzaga Guild, will be in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Room.
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