A Busy Church Month

In January 2016, I was blessed to be invited to share the pulpit at two Collegiate churches in New York City.

The first was Marble Collegiate Church, as part of their annual Trialogue amongst the Abrahamic traditions.

January 10, 2016 Three Faiths, One Family from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo.

Hosted by Dr. Michael B. Brown
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Rev. Robert Chase and Dr. Hussein Rashid

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I was hosted by Middle Collegiate Church, where I spoke about Islamophobia and #BlackLivesMatter

“Body Politics” :: Jan 17 @middlechurch from Middle Collegiate Church on Vimeo.

“Body Politics”
Jacqui Lewis and Hussein Rashid

Round-up of My Chautauqua Institution @chq Talk

I was privileged to be invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institution. My topic was on meanings made of death in Muslim tradition.

The lead up to the event got this write-up.

Moral and ethical questions often surround death, dying and the afterlife — questions Hussein Rashid will explore in a Muslim context.

Rashid, who teaches a course at Hofstra University called “Life, Death, and Immortality,” will give a lecture at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy titled “Embracing Death to Live Life.” Week Nine’s Interfaith Lecture theme is “From Here to Hereafter: Facing Death with Hope and Courage.”

Rashid will examine the moral and ethical considerations surrounding death, dying and the afterlife. He will also explore what particular visions of the Muslim afterlife look like. Some such issues include quality of life, assisted living and end-of-life considerations, such as assisted suicide.

And here is the write-up of the event.

Hussein Rashid said death has power because people don’t understand it. Certain Muslim traditions, though, try to give death meaning.

Rashid discussed these traditions and the three stages of death — life before death, death and life after death — in his 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Thursday at the Hall of Philosophy, “Embracing Death to Live Life.” Week Nine’s Interfaith Lecture theme is “From Here to Hereafter: Facing Death with Hope and Courage.”

“To say we are living and then we are dead is too simple an equation,” Rashid said. “The way we perceive death deeply informs the way we live, and the way that we live deeply informs the way that we imagine what happens during and after death.”

And here is the video of the talk.


The new face of Muslim American leadership by Hussein Rashid – Common Ground News Service

The new face of Muslim American leadership by Hussein Rashid – Common Ground News Service.

Religious leaders must be able to speak in the language and culture of the people they represent. In America, that means tending to one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the world, especially as distinctions linked to ethnicity or sects within Islam become less and less important for the Muslim American community.

Visiting Scholar Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomes Dr. Hussein Rashid to campus this week as the Center for Anglican Communion Studies’ (CACS) Visiting Muslim Scholar. During his eight week stay at the Seminary, Rashid will teach a course entitled, “Not so Common Stories: Prophets in the Qur’an and the Bible.”

“Dr. Rashid’s enthusiasm for interreligious engagement, vast experience, and engaging demeanor will make him extremely popular with our students,” said the Rev. Robin Razzino, interreligious officer for CACS. “Having a scholar with his background will allow VTS to continue to offer students opportunities to be in conversation with others who can help inform their ministries.”

Virginia Seminary Welcomes Muslim Scholar Hussein Rashid

Thanks to the Luce Grant, we are delighted to welcome to the campus Dr. Hussein Rashid. With a PhD from Harvard University, he describes himself as a ‘proud Muslim and native New Yorker’. He has his own ‘in between’ ministry for he teaches at both Hofstra University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. With a range of fascinating interests from the impact of 9/11 on Muslim adolescents to emerging Muslim-American musics, he is a cutting edge scholar with an international reputation.

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