Living the Questions — The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

Facilitators: Dave Ryan, Gennaro Buonocore  and Sally Hecht

Wednesdays, 10/22/14-11/19/14

6:30-8 pm, Room H5

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  In an age of increasing Islamophobia, it is especially important for Christians to love their Muslim neighbors, a process that begins when we learn who Muslims are and what Muslims actually believe.

Beginning Wednesday, October 22, at 6:30 pm, the Adult Learning and Church and Society ministry teams will present a five-session Living the Questions series called The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself. In Arabic, the word fatwah simply means “opinion” and, in a religious context, a fatwah is a spiritually instructive opinion, usually given as the answer to a question about religious law.  Jesus was a master of the art of fatwah.  His opinions, revered by Christians and Muslims alike, remain among the most beautiful and powerful fatwahs ever issued.  In this DVD/ discussion study series, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we can build relationships across the lines of faith.

Watch this video that summarizes key points of the series at or visit to read more about Living the Questions curricula.

Join us this Wednesday as we learn to live into our PVUMC Vision: Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.


Also, mark your calendar to join us On the First Tuesday, November 4, with Gennaro Buonocore

PVUMC Member Gennaro Buonocore, one of the facilitators of The Jesus Fatwah class, will speak On the First Tuesday, November 4, following dinner prepared by Garry Lozier at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Center. Gennaro is author of Failure of the European Multiculturalism – The Islamist Crusade (2012) and The Afghan Paradox (2014). His books will be available for purchase at class and at the November 4th events, as well as at Serendipities, open Wednesday and Sunday mornings.

Gennaro’s 2012 book is currently rumored to be the most widely read piece of literature in the corridors of the Pentagon since it offers a fresh and targeted perspective on what is now happening in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Gennaro’s analysis is being sought by the U.S. intelligence community to predict potential conflicts. As a military reservist, he has served a number of tours as a Civil Affairs officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience, combined with his 24-year career in the investment banking sector, operating in 28 different countries while specializing in capital markets and development finance, make him uniquely qualified to shed light on ISIS. All are welcome to join us for dinner (donations appreciated) followed by conversation with Gennaro. To reserve childcare, please call 602-840-8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours before this event. Serendipities will be selling Gennaro’s books, so stop by to pick one up today, or at the event, where he will be available to sign. To read more about Gennaro, and his books, go to

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