We welcome Revd Dr Matthew Anderson, the new Academic Director of the Centre

Archbishop Samy invited Revd Dr Matthew Anderson to come to Egypt and help as an Academic Director of our Centre. In addition to this role, he will also b

e in charge of the St John the Baptist Church, Maadi, Cairo.

Revd Dr Anderson served the Anglican/Episcopal Church in Egypt from 2009 to 2011 as a priest and lecturer in the Alexandria School of Theology.

Since then, he has completed his doctorate in theology and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. After completing his degree, Revd Dr Anderson has taught theology,

Islamic Studies, and Arab World Studies at Georgetown and
American University in Washington, D.C. I am confident in Revd Dr
Anderson’s understanding of the Middle East and Christian-Muslim
relations. I believe he will be a strategic member of our team in Cairo. He will develop Islamic Studies in the Centre.

From Hostility to Companionship – lecture at the Centre of Reformation, Wittenberg, Germany

On 21 June 2022, Bishop Mouneer was invited to give a lecture on the different phases of Christian-Muslim relations at the Centre of Reformation, Wittenberg, Germany. He gave an overview of the development of Christian-Muslim relations from the medieval time of wars to the recent years of friendly dialogue and fruitful cooperation. He described four phases of this relationship, the medieval times, the Reformation time, the Christian missionary movements, and the current Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt. It was very interesting to learn about Martin Luther’s approach to Islam.

5-day short course on Islam (11-16 December 2022)

In a collaboration between our Centre and GINGKO, we are organising a 5-day course on Islam from 11 December to 16 December 2022. Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, a scholar from Al-Azhar currently doing post-doctoral work at the University of York, will be teaching the course. Dr Barbara Schwepcke, the Executive Trustee of GINGKO, is very supportive of this. The course will be delivered in English and will involve academic lectures and cultural visits.

The main topics of the course are:

• Theological teaching of Islam

• Various acts of worship in Islam

• The spiritual experience of the divine in Islam

• Islamic ethical theory

• the concept of the Muslim community (the Umma)

• Questions and Answers

We hope that diplomats in Cairo and Christians from around the world who are interested will join the course.

Training a team for reconciliation and conflict resolution

In collaboration with the Rose Castle Foundation, we are planning to provide training for a team of Christians and Muslims who would be ready to go into areas where peace and reconciliation are needed. We will be communicating with Al-Azhar and other denominations to nominate candidates to be members of this team. We hope that this team will be available for different organisations like the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs to help in conflict resolution. We expect the training to take place at the end of January 2023.

Best Regards,

The Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis

Centre Director


Telephone: +20 227377628, +20 1223251379