(February 22, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Christian Leadership Center Hosts Interfaith Symposium

SHREVEPORT, La. — An interfaith Symposium on Muslim and Christian relations takes place February 28 through March 1 at Kilpatrick Auditorium on the Centenary College campus. The event, hosted by the Christian Leadership Center , will feature lectures, workshops, and panel discussions, and will conclude with a common lunch.

Schedule of Events include:

  • Thursday, February 28, 7:30 — 9 p.m.
    Dr. Peter Huff, T. L. James Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Centenary and author of What Are They Saying About Fundamentalisms? is scheduled to speak on "The Muslim-Christian Encounter: Past, Present, and Future."

  • Friday, February 29, 7:30 — 9 p.m.
    Dr. Osvaldo Vena, Associate Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is scheduled to perform his "peace concert" accompanied by Centenary student-musicians. Proceeds from the concert and CD sales will benefit children's education in at-risk areas of the world.

  • Saturday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.
    Several workshop are scheduled to take place including "Women in Islam and Christianity," "Why I Became Muslim," and "Science and the Qu'ran." These workshops are designed to increase understanding between the two faith groups. A panel discussion, "What do Christians need to know about Islam; What do Muslims need to know about Christianity?" comprised of community Muslim and Christian leaders will also take place, and close with a community lunch.


    The cost of the event is $25 for all three days. Individual day registrations are $10 each for Thursday and Friday and $15 for Saturday. Students who present a valid student id receive free admission for Thursday and Friday and will be admitted for $5 on Saturday.

    For more information, contact Coney DeHart at 318.869.5029 or email.

    About Centenary College of Louisiana

    Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.