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Exploring Islam

Newton Congregational United Church of Christ, 308 E. Second St. N., is hosting a series of monthly educational opportunities to learn more about a variety of religious traditions so participants might better understand their neighbors, both near and far, and be empowered to love them more fully.

Caleb Elfenbein will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday about the history; central tenets, beliefs and practices; and common misunderstandings of Islam. Additionally, he will explore questions relating to anti-Muslim hostility and its effects on American Muslim participation in public life.

Elfenbein is an associate professor of history and religious studies at Grinnell College where he is also the director of the Center for Humanities. He graduated from Vassar College with a degree in political science and has a masters in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

This event is free and open to all. Those with questions can contact the church at 641-792-3773 or uccnewton@windstrem.net.

Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming congregation where no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome. More about Congregational UCC at uccnewton.org.

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