Michigan Episcopalians Promote “Islam 101”

on January 4, 2016

The swiftly declining Episcopal Diocese of Michigan has apparently discovered a new way to lose members: send them to the Islamic center.

The diocese (which has lost nearly a third of its membership over the past decade) is promoting on Facebook an “opportunity to learn more about Islam in the Lansing area”.

Michigan Episcopalians have participated in a series of interfaith gatherings at local temples, mosques and churches, but the “Islam 101” session at the Lansing Islamic Center is not an interfaith panel. “Islam 101” offers answers to: “What is Jihad?” “What do Muslims believe about Jesus?” and an opportunity to learn about “The Quran — God’s message?”

The event, shared locally by All Saints Episcopal Church-East Lansing (which lost half of its membership in the past decade) takes place monthly. The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan is the largest of the state’s four dioceses and encompasses the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan.

Readers of this blog will recall how the Episcopal Church famously sold a church building to a Binghamton, New York Islamic Center for a third of its value rather than sell it to departing Anglicans. The denomination’s Washington National Cathedral also hosted Islamic Friday prayers in 2014. IRD’s Faith McDonnell wrote to Global South Anglicans about the developments.

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  1. Comment by High Tory on January 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    One wonders if the mosque would promote a “learn about Jesus at the LGTBQI [is that all of the letters in the acronym?] church with the transsexual priestess.”

  2. Comment by Wallclimber on January 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Should be about as much fun to watch as when the Muslims realize that Obama is pro-gay or may even be gay himself as some have proposed. Gonna be some beheading going on!

  3. Comment by Eternity Matters on January 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Of course they’d never consider showing what Islam really believes, why it is false and why Christianity is true. Those “Christian” Leftist are as Christian as the Muslims are — which is to say, not at all. At least the Muslims are honest about not being Christians.

  4. Comment by Mike Ward on January 4, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I really don’t see the big deal on this one. It doesn’t sound like a worship service of any kind.

  5. Comment by Carlos M on January 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hmm, they are pro-sodomy but they are getting all huggy with Muslims.

    When you pour bleach and ammonia into the same container, guess what happens?

  6. Comment by Proteios on January 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Now you got me interested. What happens?
    Now I rather support this endeavor. In fact, I am eagerly (with much foreboding) awaiting the inevitable clash of secularism and islam as the left seems clueless to the fact they are promoting people who hate their key agenda points (feminism, homosexuality and welfare)…well, they like the welfare

  7. Comment by michiganliberty on January 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    The mainstream churches have been seized by the left, and are now little more than instruments of the leftist revolution.

  8. Comment by Proteios on January 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    seems reasonable. Is there a reciprocal course where moslems go and learn about the Trinity, Mary and the apostles?
    If the goal is mutual understanding and education, then lets not arrogantly assume the moslems are too stupid or animal-like to educate. But rather invite them for the same beneficial learning process for mutual understanding.

  9. Comment by Earl H. Foote on January 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    What’s that old expression, to keep doing the same things but expect different results is insanity? Does the Diocese of Michigan figure that people are not leaving the Episcopal Church fast ENOUGH? Also, I’m curious (but pretty sure of the answer): how many mosques have Christianity 101 seminars?

  10. Comment by Xerxesfire on January 22, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Yeah and there’s also the old saying about rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic!

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