Small Group Study of the Muslim Faith
We are almost all a nation of immigrants. As LSS of Minnesota
celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, we remembered the enormous wave of
immigration at the turn of the last century that built many of our churches and
In recent years, civil wars in other countries have
caused refugees from those counties to immigrate to the United States. Now many
of our new neighbors are of the Muslim faith.
The American popular press has been filled with news
of the “war on terror” with negative characterizations of Muslim people. Though
devout Muslims have tried to counter the media with reminders that Islam is a
religion of devotion to God and peace among neighbors, those voices are
sometimes hard to hear.
We are offering a resource to our church, and to
anyone else who would like to use it, to help learn the basic tenets of Islam
and understand our new neighbors.
Our intention is simply that this resource will open
doors, minds, and hearts and dispel stereotypes and myths about Muslim neighbors just enough to start more conversations. I am touched by the stories of
Christians who are inviting Muslim imams into dialogue, accepting the
invitation to participate in iftar dinners during Ramadan, and hosting
community multicultural celebrations.
We hope you can also use this resource to spread
goodness and welcome Muslim neighbors to your community.
Download the "My Neighbor is Muslim" study >
Download the Minnesota Refugee Facts and Figures >
Download the Loving Our Muslim Neighbors Youth Curriculum here >