Episcopal Priest Sees No Barrier To Also Practicing Islam
The June 2007 issue of Episcopal Life has an interview with the Rev. Dr. Ann Holmes Redding.
A little more than a year ago, the Rev. Dr. Ann Holmes Redding found herself at the doorway of a new world, Islam, and wasn’t quite sure how she got there. As she reflected on her journey, she realized Jesus was her guide. Now both a practicing Muslim and an Episcopal priest, Redding shares her thoughts on how the two faiths inform each other. “The way I understand Jesus is compatible with Islam,” Redding explains, “and although there are Christians and Muslims who think I must convert from one to the other, the more I go down this path the more excited I am about both Christianity and Islam.”
As if that is not bad enough, Ms. Redding has plans to teach her theology:
Redding worships with the Al Islam Center of Seattle and at St. Clement’s, Seattle. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament and recently accepted a position to teach graduate courses in theology at Seattle University. She wants to start an institute for the study of the Abrahamic faith traditions, a supportive environment where people can look at Judaism, Islam and Christianity together and see how they reflect on each other, where they can explore their own tradition and others without an agenda to convert.
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