Over a thousand years ago, the sun-washed lands of Southern Spain were home to Muslims, Christians, and Jews living together and flourishing, their culture and beliefs intertwined. But this world vanished too quickly. Greed, fear, and intolerance swept it away.
This Sunday, at 6:30PM in the Parlor at 263 West 86th Street, Broadway United Church of Christ invites you to a film screening and discussion of Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, a nationally broadcast PBS documentary (45 min.) from Unity Productions Foundation. The discussion will be co-led by Oz Sultan, a Muslim pundit, Gareth Bryant, a Muslim Chaplain at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, and Alex Matika, Broadway UCC's Administrator.
The history of Islamic Spain, as told in Cities of Light, demonstrates that when religious diversity is accommodated within a social and political system, problems and tensions may still exist but society is able to manage them, generally to the benefit of all. However, when governing powers reject complexity and insist on a single cultural and religiously centered point of view, society is likely to see detrimental effects for everyone.
We hope you will join us for a story and discussion of vital importance for our contemporary world.