Thursday, October 17, 2019

Today Virginia Theological Seminary welcomes Joel N. Lohr, Ph.D. Dr. Lohr is the President of Hartford Seminary, a leading interfaith graduate school that welcomes Muslim, Christian, Jewish and students from around the world. Joel is an award-winning author, scholar of religion, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education. His teaching and research has focused on the Bible, specifically the Torah/Pentateuch, as well as Jewish-Christian relations and dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, and Leadership in Higher Education. He has published ten books, with both academic and popular publishers.

I am pleased to welcome President Lohr to the VTS Community for this evening’s Deanery Event: Learning to Love Islam: A Seminary President's Journey.

Can a Christian love Islam? Should Christians not be wary of such an idea? In this talk, he will share some of his journey in relation to interreligious dialogue, beginning with Judaism and then Islam. Using stories and examples from his life, as well as outlining the challenges and blessings of running a historically Christian seminary committed to being in conversation with Islam, Lohr explains why he feels a sense of Christian duty—inspired by a commitment to follow Jesus—to engage deeply with Muslims and Islam.

Please join me at my home this evening at 7 p.m. for what I am certain will be an interesting and engaging discussion.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham
Dean and President

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