Protestant Christian Perspectives on Interreligious Engagement

An evening lecture and discussion series offering historical and modern Protestant Christian perspectives on interreligious engagement. ICJS welcomes three dynamic new voices for this series.

Time and Location: Each talk begins promptly at 7:00 pm at the ICJS (956 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204).

PDF flyer can be downloaded here.

1st Lecture: Monday, February 12, 2018
Topic: Reforming Lutheran Theology For An Interreligious World
Speaker: Christy Lohr Sapp, Associate Dean for Religious Life at Duke University Chapel

2nd Lecture: Monday, February 26, 2018
Why the Protestant Reformers Published the Qurʾan
Speaker: Matthew D. Taylor, Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and The George Washington University

3rd Lecture: Monday, March 5, 2018
: Why Multiculturalism? Exploring Assimilationist and Non-Assimilationist Tendencies in Mainline Protestant Ministry and Interreligious Exchange
Speaker: Kelly Figueroa-Ray, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

No pre-registration required.

Parking available in ICJS parking lot. Additional parking available across Dulaney Valley Road at Goucher College. 

Speaker bios

Christy Lohr Sapp is the Associate Dean for Religious Life at Duke University Chapel. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter in England, and her scholarly research focuses on Christian theology and interfaith relations. She sits on the Board of Scholars for the Journal of InterReligious Dialogue and served as the co-president of the Education as Transformation Project. At Duke she has offered courses in the Religion and Public Policy Departments (Acts of Engagement:  Interreligious Approaches to Service and Leadership) and in the Divinity School (Toward a Theology of the Other:  Interfaith Perspectives on God and Salvation). She has also taught at Hartford Seminary in CT and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. Dr. Lohr Sapp has worked in a variety of ecumenical and interfaith organizations including the World Council of Churches and the North American Interfaith Network.


Matthew D. Taylor is a Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and The George Washington University. He completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Georgetown in 2017 with a specialization in Islam and Christianity. His research focuses on how Muslim and Christian communities interpret and relate to their respective scriptures in the American context. Dr. Taylor also has a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies from the University of California, Irvine. He is an ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of the Company of Teachers for the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, lecturing at and training local churches on Protestant history, theology, and interfaith relations.


Kelly Figueroa-Ray is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Scripture, Interpretation and Practice program in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Her focus is the relationship between scripture and theology as it is lived out in contemporary communities with a particular interest in multicultural Christian ministries. Kelly earned her B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley in international & area studies and completed her M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. magna cum laude. Her essay “‘Lady, Give Me A Drink': Reading Scripture, Shaping Community Development” is part of the book Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins (Eds. Peter Slade, Charles Marsh, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel,University Press of Mississippi, 2013). Her most recent publication, "Learning How to Read: How Rabbinics Aids in the Study of Contemporary Christian Practices," is in Religious Studies and Rabbinics (Eds. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander and Beth Berkowitz, Routledge, 2018).