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April 30, 2007

Christian And Muslim Professors To Speak On Interfaith Dialogue May 4

At the next Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum, two University of Iowa professors will speak about their experiences with organized interfaith dialogue.

James Clifton (photo, left), M.D., emeritus professor of medicine, and Adel Afifi (photo, right), M.D., professor of pediatrics will speak on the topic, "Interfaith Dialogue: How to Start and Sustain Meaningful Communication." The talk and ensuing discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. Clifton is Christian and Afifi is a Muslim.

Clifton and George El-Khoury, a professor in radiology and orthopaedics, co-founded a men's Christian/Muslim dialogue group about two years ago. The group currently has 26 members, including Afifi, and meets monthly at Clifton's home.

This talk is part of the Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum series that meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues. The series is sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.

"It is crucial that adherents of different faiths learn to know, respect, understand, and love one another, even when they disagree on some of their fundamental beliefs," says Edward Laarman, director of Geneva Campus Ministry. "This is true not only for the sake of civic peace, but for the sake of God who commands us, 'Do not bear false witness against your neighbor,' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' I am looking forward to hearing about the experiences of these men who are putting those commands into practice."

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, or to be notified by e-mail of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or