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HCHC Students Visit Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Recently, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Clapsis visited the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center with students from his Theology of Religions seminar. The center is located in Roxbury, a short three miles from campus. The class was greeted by Imam Shaykh Yasir Fahmy. After observing the evening prayer, students toured the center and engaged in conversation with one of its religious education leaders.

Fr. Clapsis, the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology at Holy Cross, noted that, "in light of recent tragic events, our visit to the Islamic Center assumed a greater significance because the students had an opportunity to meet Muslims in their space, be present at their prayer, learn from the Imam the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, and ask questions. For many students, this was the first time that they encountered the spiritual tradition of the Islamic faith that allowed them, despite our insurmountable differences, to experience their deep faith, gracious hospitality, and their willingness to live in peace in a democratic society."

Fr. Clapsis' class was joined by Kimberley Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School, and Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross.