Technology has advanced so rapidly. Our medical care is better. Our ability to keep informed with the world is better. Grandparents are able to watch grand children grow up, even from great distances with the help of Facebook and Skype.
With the advancements in communication, has come unintended side effects. Online we have the ability to comment on a world of topics anonymously leading us to say things we would never say to someone's face. On Facebook, we can hide the things that we don't like. We don't have to see the other side of an argument. We can filter our news so we never hear of the world's events.
As people who are called to be a light in this world...
We need to know what is happening in the world.
We need to hear all sides of the story.
We need to respectfully share our side.
During each Conversation Matters event, we will have conversations about specific cultural and historical topics. These discussions will be led by United Methodist scholars who care deeply about the conversation and the church.
Our Conversation Matters series installment for October will focus on one of the world's major religions, Islam.
Dr. Phillip Sherman takes September's introduction to Islam further as we focus on modern day Islam and how Western Culture views it. Dr. Sherman is an associate professor of religion at Maryville College who has led several recent studies on the