Six-week program focuses on Christian Muslim Dialogue

Posted Aug 31st, 2017 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events, General News


The Sylvania Franciscan Village in collaboration with Masjid Saad Foundation offers “The Sultan and the Saint: An Approach to Christian Muslim Dialogue,” a six-week series of small group transformational dialogue that seeks to bring Muslims and Christians together. By nurturing relationships across religious boundaries, the hope is that together participants will model interfaith cooperation as they live out a central tenet of both faiths: to love God and to love our neighbor.

The Sultan and the Saint program offers two immersion experiences – one to a mosque and one to a church and includes:

· Gathering and orientation prior to a Friday (Muslim) or Sunday (Christian) worship service;

· Observation of the service; and

· Gathering and Q&A after the service concludes.

Session dates are Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16, 23, Nov. 5 and 13 at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

The program is free; however, space is limited. Funding for “Sultan and the Saint: An Approach to Christian Muslim Dialogue” is provided through a Toledo Community Foundation grant.

For more information or to register, please contact: Sophia Lloyd, Sylvania Franciscan Village Director, at or 419-824-3533; or Dr. Fadia Abaza at or 419-461-1205.

Sylvania Franciscan Village
Formally established in 2009, the Sylvania Franciscan Village is comprised of the Sisters of St. Francis and all of their ministries. The SFV was formed to harness energies for the greater good and benefit of those who share the Franciscan mission. Visit for more information. To learn more about this and future events, contact Elizabeth Reiter at, 419-824-3515 or

Masjid Saad Foundation
The Masjid Saad Foundation has been involved in improving their Toledo community for four decades and are proud of all the charity work they have done to help those in need. Masjid Saad began as a small prayer area on The University of Toledo’s campus in 1976. Continuing to grow and evolve, the Al-Bayan weekend Arabic school was started in the mid-1980s and has been teaching Arabic to generations of Toledoans. In 1993, Al-Bayan school was formally established as a full day Saturday program in a permanent home at the Masjid building at 5225 W. Alexis Road. Previously, it rotated sites. In 1994, Toledo Islamic Academy was established, a full time Islamic School from pre-school to twelfth grade and has since been the centerpiece of the community.

Lourdes University
Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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