The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler was the Dimensions of Faith guest speaker October 8 and 9, 2018.
On October 8, the half-day lecture looked at the writings of Kahlil Gibran and why Gibran’s iconic book, The Prophet, remains relevant today, nearly 100 years after its initial publication.
On October 9, Paul-Gordon offered analysis on the cultural divide between Christianity and Islam. He presented creative ideas on how these two major religions – which share much common heritage – can not only co-exist, but also enrich each other. You can watch his sermon here.
The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, social entrepreneur and a US Episcopal priest. He is also the Founding President of CARAVAN, an interreligious peacebuilding arts non-profit affiliated with The Episcopal Church that uses the arts to build bridges between the creeds and cultures of Middle East and the West. They have organized and curated major East-West art exhibitions held at such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
An authority on the Middle East and on Christian-Muslim relations, he grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has lived and worked extensively throughout the Islamic world in executive leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief and development agencies and with the Episcopal Church. From 2003 to 2013, he served as the rector of the historic St. John’s Church in Cairo, Egypt – a church with over 35 nationalities.
He is also author of four books, including his acclaimed book on Muslim/Christian relations titled Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths, and his latest book, titled IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran, focuses on the all-embracing spirituality of the early 20th century Lebanese born poet-artist Kahlil Gibran, often best known in the US as the author of The Prophet.