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Saint Francis & The Sultan Interfaith Discussion Day Belfast

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Skainos Centre (East Belfast Mission)

241 Newtownards Road

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THIS INTERFAITH DISCUSSION is being organised to mark the 800th anniversary of the historic meeting between Saint Francis and the Egyptian Sultan, Malek al-Kamil .... A transformimg encounter between two world religions.

The Third Order Society of Saint Francis Ireland are organising this one day Interfaith Discussion to look at the significance of this meeting held in 1219, to us living in a multi-racial/ multi-faith society today.

This event is open to all and all are welcome.



About the day

We will bring together Christians from many traditions, as well as Muslims, Jews and all who are interested in sharing experiences of faith in the context of how we can cross the divide between faiths to recognise that we share so much in common!

A number of guest speakers will take part including Bishop Trevor Williams, (Church of Ireland) and a representative from the Islamic Centre in Belfast. Plus others who have worked in interfaith settings.

The recently released film 'The Sultan and The Saint,' will also be shown during the day.

Guests will be encouraged to join in the discussions, with opportunities throughout the day for questions.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, but attendess should advise the organisersif they have any special dietary requirements in advance of the 28th September.

Free on street parking is available in the area close to the Skainos Centre on Newtownards Road. Also there is a regular bus service that passes the centre from Belfast City Centre. .



Booking to attend.

Please note places must be booked in advance and a suggested donation of £10 per adult (which includes lunch and drinks) is requested to help with expenses

NB The event is free to Students and anyone unwaged



Historical Background to this 800 year celebration

In 1219 St. Francis accompanied the western Crusaders of Europe to Damietta, Egypt, during the

Fifth Crusade. His desire, to speak peacefully with Muslim people about Christianity, even if it

meant dying as a martyr. He tried to stop the Crusaders from attacking the Muslims, but failed.

After the defeat of the western armies, he crossed the battle line with Brother Illuminato, was

arrested and beaten by Arab soldiers, and eventually was taken to the sultan, Malek al-Kamil. This encounter,

which occurred between September 1 and 26 in 1219 is a paradigm for interfaith dialogue in our time. Despite

differences in religion, people of prayer can find common ground in their experiences of God.

Dialogue demands that we truly listen to the other; but, before we can listen, we must see the other as a precious

human being, loved by God. There is no other path to peace.



For more information on this event contact Jo Pawson Tel 07790 241263 or email joanna_pawson@yahoo.co.uk









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