FAIRFIELD, Conn., September 17, 2015 — On Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church (GHCC) will welcome Dr. Lamin Sanneh from Yale University who will lecture on “Islam and World Christianity” followed by an interactive dialogue with the audience.
Lamin Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History at Yale. Professor Sanneh was educated on four continents, has earned degrees in history and Islamic studies and has taught in several Universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Harvard, before coming to Yale in 1989. His forthcoming book is entitled, Beyond Jihad: Pacifist Impetus in Muslim West Africa and Beyond (Oxford University Press).
Reverend Dr. David Rowe of Greenfield Hill Church shares, “I first studied Islam under Dr. Lamin Sanneh at Harvard 30 years ago. He was a brilliant and engaging teacher. An excellent writer, and renowned scholar, he is highly regarded within the world of Islam, and in the world of interfaith and ecumenical dialogue. Dr. Sanneh brings respect and integrity to the subject, enriched by his own faith journey.”
This extraordinary forum where we all come together as one community to learn is open to all and is free of charge.
More on Professor Lamin Sanneh
Lamin Sanneh is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and an Honorary Research Professor at the School of Oriental & African Studies in the University of London. He is recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and Liverpool Hope University, and has been twice chair of Yale’s Council on African Studies. He is an editor-at-large of the ecumenical weekly The Christian Century, a contributing editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, and he serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and encyclopedias. He has served as consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts, was an official consultant at the 1998 Lambeth Conference in London, and was a founding member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Professor Sanneh was the recipient of the John W. Kluge Chair in the Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. For his academic work, Professor Sanneh was made Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion, Senegal’s highest national honor. Professor Sanneh is a fellow of Trumbull College at Yale. He was appointed by John Paul II to serve on the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences at the Vatican and by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims. He is the author of over two hundred articles in scholarly journals and of more than a dozen books on Islam and Christianity. He is series editor of the multivolume Oxford Studies in World Christianity in which three volumes have appeared, with six more underway. He is co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity (forthcoming in Spring, 2016). For more please visit http://divinity.yale.edu/sanneh.
About Greenfield Hill Congregational Church
The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is located at 1045 Old Academy Rd, Fairfield, and was founded in 1725 and has grown to a membership of almost 1000 members. Led by Rev. Dr. David Rowe and Rev. Dr. Alida Ward, the church is a vibrant and effective community with the feel of a small town. Members come from many religious backgrounds and find their church home at Greenfield Hill where they are greeted with the respect and encouragement needed to grow a “can-do” spirit. With a very active mission serving others from their own backyard to halfway around the world and through a very lively Sunday school, legendary youth work, and numerous volunteer opportunities, anything is possible within the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.
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