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The Pearson Lecture Series for Interfaith Understanding presents a panel of representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths. The presentation, moderated by Dr. Jill Carroll, will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, in Fondren Hall.

Formerly the director of the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University, Carroll is a recognized expert on issues of religious tolerance, philosophy of religion, American religion, and religion in public life. Her areas of specialty include: the role of religion in world politics, comparative world religions, trends in American religion, the impact of religious diversity in global business, and applied life philosophy. 

The Pearson Lecture Series was established at St. Paul’s in 2006 by Pat and Sonny Pearson. When Pearson was sent by his company to Saudi Arabia in 1989, his minister asked him to bring back a prayer rug. The search for the prayer rug went through an engineer he was working with and a pre-dawn journey into the desert.

When Pearson was presented with the prayer rug, he was told, “You tell your minister that he may have this prayer rug on one condition: when he prays, he prays for all of God’s people, not just Christians.”

That statement planted the seed for establishing The Pearson Lecture Series for Interfaith Understanding within St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation of Houston.

“It is our hope,” said Pat Pearson, “that this lecture series will foster understanding and respect between and among the three faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and encourage an appreciation of our common faith heritage dating back to Abraham.”