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Rumi Forum`s monthly circle to study Abrahamic scriptures continued with the topic of “Pilgrimage” with our study leader, Dr. Mehmet Saracoglu, from the Center for Faith, Identity, and Globalization on November 14, 2023.

Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet monthly to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a topic. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share various perspectives. SR sessions help participants reflect on a curious list of topics within the Abrahamic tradition. The result is often a deeper understanding of others and one’s scriptures and the development of strong bonds across faith communities.

                   Scriptural Reasoning: Introduction                     Reading Material: Pilgrimage


This Month`s Study Leader

Dr. Mehmet Saracoglu is a community organizer with academic experience who brings passion and leadership together. He is the Director of the Center for Faith, Identity, and Globalization (CFIG) at Rumi Forum. Previously, he served at Rumi Forum as the Public Affairs Director, Government, Media, and Community Affairs Director (Washington, DC), and Executive Director (Maryland). During his graduate studies at the University of Kentucky, he served as the founding president of the Interfaith/ Intercultural Dialogue Organization. Mehmet is an alum of Leadership Montgomery`s 2019 Emerging Leaders cohort. He is a United Nations Association-National Capital Area, National Press Club, and Public Diplomacy Council`s Citizen Diplomacy International member. Mehmet is a 2023 BJC (Baptist Joint Committee) Fellow.

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