Past Events

Souls: Mystical Understandings, Finding Common Ground in Uncommon Times
February 25, 2018, 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder St., Portland

Resonance Ensemble performs Where Everything Is Music, a cycle of twelve Sufi pieces for choir with soloists, by Portland composer Theresa Koon, along with selected spiritual pieces from Judaism and Christianity.

The Sultan and the Saint film screening
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Muslim Educational Trust: 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

The Portland premiere of UPF’s latest film The Sultan and the Saint, a docudrama film about Muslim/Christian peacemaking, narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons.

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik Al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

“Creating Harmony: Peace and Understanding Through Music”
May 18, 2017, and March 18, 2018
St. Mary’s Academy, 1615 SW Fifth Ave., Portland

Students from the Oregon Islamic Academy, Oregon Episcopal School, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland Jewish Academy and Franklin High School performed two public concerts benefitting the Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding.

The Importance of Understanding Each Other
Dr. Nohad Toulan & Dr. David McCreery

What Every Christian Should Know About Islam
Dr. David A. Kerr

Holy Places: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Sr. Cecilia Ranger & Dr. Nohad Toulan

Jesus and Mary: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Aseel Nasir Dyck & Sr. Mollie Reavis

Rumi, a film and discussion
Exploring his Life and Poetry

Reel Bad Arabs, a film and discussion

Five Stages of the Soul
Dr. Harry S. Moody

A Common Word Between Us and You, dinner and discussion
32 Christian & Muslim community leaders attended.

Weekend Conferences and Workshops
Dr. Amir Hussain & Dr. John Borelli:

The Significance of A Common Word
Muslims and Christians: Anything in Common?
Moving form Common Word to Common Works
Working Together Locally: Building Interfaith Opportunities


ICMU events are opportunities for the general public to learn about and participate in Christian-Muslim relationships on both educational and interpersonal levels. We feel it is vitally important to include small group discussion and a chance to interact with one another on a personal level. Shared food is often a component of our gatherings. Breaking bread together is a bridge to memorable social experiences while learning about the culture and faith traditions of those around us.