Muslim and Christian Dialogue in the Midwest

December 31, 2003

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

On December 31, 2003 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported, "The Mid-Atlantic Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims, sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, Plainfield, Indiana, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Washington, DC, has finished a sixty-five page study resulting from discussion over an eight-year period. Revelation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives is a jointly prepared document with chapters on Christian and Islamic perspectives on revelation and a concluding chapter on Muslim and Catholic responses to scriptural themes. There is an introduction on this dialogue and interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims and a preface signed by the co-chairs of the dialogue: Bishop Kevin M. Britt, Diocese of Grand Rapids, and Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Executive Secretary, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In a statement issued with the text, Bishop Britt said, 'This text is the result of years of honest and scholarly dialogue between Catholic and Muslim leaders in the Midwest. Although not an end product in itself, this document is a gateway to entering into a deeper understanding of our shared belief in One God who has revealed Himself throughout history. It represents the fruit of our shared love of that God and of the people who love his word.'"