Who Is My Neighbor?  Adult Study Series
This Fall, we will conduct a five week program on “Becoming Good Neighbors: Christianity and Islam.”
Offered on five successive Tuesdays, beginning on October 10, the program is open to all in the community. There will be two identical sessions each Tuesday, one at 4:30 and one at 7:00 pm.


St. James’ began a yearlong focus for adult formation in January of this year, with this mission statement: “

At a time in our nation’s history when we are keenly aware that differences can lead to misunderstanding, conflict and even violence, Christians have an opportunity to be peacemakers and to model the importance of building relationships. Therefore at St. James’ we have chosen a theme for adult formation in 2017: ‘Who is my neighbor?’.”

The intent of this study is to help all understand more about the people in our world who come from different backgrounds whether that be race, religion, nationality, etc., so that we might break down barriers and build understanding.

The need for an intentional focus on understanding our neighbors and building relationships for the sake of peacemaking continues to ring true. To that end, the topic of the fall segment of
Who is my neighbor? is a study of Islam. The topics will include an introduction to the prophet Mohammed and the founding of Islam, women in Islam, Jihadism, and the Quran among others.  Throughout, we will consider what we can learn from one another and how we might work together. Included will be conversation with guests from the local Muslim community, as well as an optional visit to a local mosque.


The syllabus has been developed by St. James’ member, Dr. Erica Olson-Bang, who earned her PhD in Theology from Fordham University and is a former assistant professor of religious studies at The College of New Rochelle. Dr. Olson-Bang is particularly interested in thinking theologically about what Christians can learn from people of other faiths; her research and teaching has been focused on this question for a number of years. 


St. James’ is located at 96 East Genesee in Skaneateles. Call the church office at 315 685 7600 for more information or send email to