Dr. L. Michael Spath will be the guest speaker at the November 16 meeting of Westmoreland’s Middle East Committee. He plans to talk about the more interesting intersections of Islam and Christianity (monotheism, Muhammad’s night journey, the nature of prophethood) and mystical Islam with a word about Rumi, the 13th century Iranian poet and mystic whose poetry is popular in the United States and whose spiritual legacy is valued by Central Asian Muslims. Michael holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament Studies from St. Louis University. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he belongs to Plymouth Congregational Church and serves as a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University Purdue University. He is also founder and executive director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, an organization that promotes awareness, dialogue, and just solution about peace issues in the Middle East, and serves with Maryn Goodson on the steering committee of the UCC Palestine/Israel Network.
The meeting will be held in the church parlor at 11:45am. As always, everyone is invited.