Every day stories and images of violent extremists using violence to coerce and manipulate both local and worldwide audiences are seen. They often cite their faith as the reason for their violence and say that God authorizes their actions.
A Muslim and a Christian will reflect on these horrific events, will seek to name the root causes, and how each faith seeks to support human beings in living together in peace during a special program at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.
Pastor Terry Kyllo and Jeff Siddiqui are friends who have been engaging in interfaith dialogue in Marysville over the last few years will be speaking and leading the conversation.
“One of the key issues facing human beings is this question: How can we live together given our cultural differences,” Kyllo said. Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor who serves The Catacomb Churches, a church of house churches throughout northwest Washington State.
Sidiqui is a practicing Muslim and is a member of American Muslims of Puget Sound. “The heart of the Koran is the respect for your neighbor. It breaks my heart to see so many people of all faiths failing to live in love,” he said.
The event is sponsored by The Catacomb Churches and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor who is serving The Catacomb Churches and St. Philip’s Episcopal. He grew up in Eastern Washington, attended Pacific Lutheran University, and graduated from a Lutheran Seminary in Chicago. He has been a pastor for 23 years and has served in partnerships between Episcopalians and Lutherans for over 10 years. He is the author of two books, Being Human and Apprenticeship. Kyllo feels that interfaith dialogue is critical, enabling us to live with each other given our cultural differences. He lives in Anacortes with his wife and two children.
Siddiqui was born and brought up in Pakistan. He received his masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and worked in Britain as an Industrial Engineer. Returning to Seattle in 1983, he lives with his wife and two children. He is currently working as a real estate broker in King and Snohomish counties. He is deeply involved with issues of human rights and civil rights, especially when they intersect with Muslims. On the subjects of Islam, civil rights, public policy, and terrorism, Siddiqui has written commentaries for newspapers and magazines, and been a commentator on radio and television.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 6215 196th St. SW., Lynnwood. For more information call 425-778-2159 or see: www.trinitylutheranchurch.com.