- Office of Interfaith Relations at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
This office is a good source of resources on Muslim-Christian relations and can help congregations contact Muslim individuals and organizations for dialogue. Contact: Dr. Bert Breiner, Co-director. 475 Riverside Dr., Room 870, New York, NY 10115-0500; (212) 870-2156.
- Fellowship of Reconciliation and Muslim Peace Fellowship
FOR is an interfaith peace organization. They offer delegations to the Middle East and have a bookstore with interfaith resources and books by Muslim writers. They can also help congregations contact Muslim individuals and organizations for dialogue. The Muslim Peace Fellowship’s monthly newsletter, As-Salamu Alaykum, features reflections by Muslims around the world on peace and nonviolence. Contact: David Hostetter, International & Interfaith Secretary for FOR, and Rabia Harris, Muslim Peace Fellowship, P.O. Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (914) 358-4601.
- National Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Dr. John Borelli, director, conducts interreligious relations for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and is knowledgeable about other Catholic groups working on Muslim-Christian dialogue. 3211 4th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; (202) 541-3020.
- The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
at Georgetown University
The center fosters the study of Muslim-Christian relations and promotes dialogue between the two religions. It combines teaching, research, and public affairs activities. 37th & O Sts. NW, Washington, DC 20057; (202) 687-8375; fax: (202) 687-8376.
- Arab American Institute
The AAI serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community. 918 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 429-9210; fax: (202)429-9214.
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
This Arab-American civil rights organization works to combat anti-Arab stereotyping, discrimination, and hate crimes, and works on select issues of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. 4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20008; (202) 244-2990; fax: (202) 244-3196; e-mail: email@example.com; www.adc.org/adc.
- Understanding Islam, http://rysy.msm.cam.ac.uk/~msms/islamstart.html
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations, www.cair-net.org. This Washington, D.C.-based Islamic advocacy group also has an e-mail list, ISLAM-INFONET, with news releases about Islam in America.
For More Reading
- A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue, by Badru D. Kateregga and David W. Shenk (Mennonite Publishing House, 1997).
- God is One, by R. Marston Speight (Friendship Press, 1989).
- Ideals and Realities of Islam, by Seyyed Hossein Nasr (George Allen & Unwin, 1985).
- Neighbors: Muslims in North America, by Elias Nallon (Friendship Press, 1989).
- Select, a program of the Division for Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offers a set of three videotapes on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations with eight 30-minute lessons, a study guide, and a textbook for $60. Select, 2199 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209-2334; (614) 235-4136, ext. 4021.