Countering Religious Extremism

Dr. David C Carlson will be speaking in Wichita on November 4th at 7:00 p.m. at College Hill United Methodist Church 2930 E 1st Street N Wichita KS 67214

A nationally renowned author, activist, speaker and peace advocate, Dr. David Carlson seeks to create solidarity and bonds of peace among peoples of faith and others in an ongoing campaign to work together to advocate for world peace. Through his frequent speaking engagements and prolific writings-both in book and article formats, Dr. Carlson continues to forge a spiritual friendship movement that transcends religious boundaries to witness for peace while offering a meaningful response to religious violence. Dr. Carlson's message of reconciliation and understanding through interfaith dialogue speaks to the scores of people who desire to know followers of other religions in their quest to live in a more peaceful world.

Based on the universal belief that the neighbor has sacred value, Dr. Carlson harnesses the power of the spiritual friendship movement between Muslims and Christians to quell suspicion and hostility and instead encourage people of diverse walks of life to come together with humility and grace. Against the backdrop of violent extremism, most notably perpetrated by ISIS/ISIL and other more recent terrorist groups, Dr. Carlson writes and speaks on the topic of collectively grieving whenever our American Muslim neighbors are treated with suspicion and even hatred, especially in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11 and more recent terrorist incidents. In his eloquent prayer offerings and thoughtful radio and TV interviews, Dr. Carlson urges against anti-Muslim sentiment and hate-filled acts in our country. Instead he suggests we respond to the divine in others so we can build bonds of trust and mutual respect among peoples of different faiths and belief systems. As exemplified in his 2011 book, Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World, Dr. Carlson advocates for discovering a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions - especially Islam. "It is time for Christians to use their power to change the conversation and to ponder Jesus' command to treat the stranger as our neighbor and to treat our neighbor not only as ourselves, but as God in our midst," Dr. Carlson writes in his trailblazing book.

An author and religious studies professor at Franklin College - an Indiana liberal arts college, Dr. Carlson continues to underscore this same theme of interfaith dialogue and religious comity in his recently released nonfiction book, Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships, which was published in April 2017.

To R.S.V.P for this event call Maria at 316.269.0635 ext.101 or email maria@globalfaithinaction.org

2019 Fall Dinner Dialogues

The Fall 2019 Dinner Dialogues will take place on October 24, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is our 10th year having the Dinner Dialogues which started out as the Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues. Our dinners are based off of a movement that brings people of all faiths and no faiths together for fellowship and friendship.

The Dinner Dialogues provide an opportunity for people to meet people of other traditions, share their experiences, listen to the sharing of others and converse about matters of faith, ethnicity, and community topics in a safe, controlled environment.

Dinner guest register themselves to be placed into a host home for the evening. The hosts volunteers to provide their home as a meeting place for the dialogue and to provide a simple vegetarian meal for themselves and the guests. Trained moderators manage each group discussion. Moderators are selected by the GFIA board and are trained to facilitate the conversation in a structured way that creates a safe space for all to share and listen. Guest share a meal and dialogue together with the use of questions about a range of faith, ethnic traditions, social backgrounds and a few make you think ones.

Group members are created for maximum religious and ethical diversity and area of town in which they live. During the meal and conversation guest are required to listen to each other without interrupting, questioning or commenting on what is being said. During the structured part of the evening people speak only when it is their turn. By simply listening to each other a deeper connection can be forged and friendships can begin. Unstructured free time at the end of the evening allows for the guest to ask questions and share their own thoughts


This is an experience that is always changing because the people you are with are different each time. If you want to attend the 2019 Dinner Dialogues, if you want to be a moderator, or if you want to host a dinner register at

An interview with our Founder

One on One with Victor Hogstrom: Sam Muyskens

Global Faith in Action founder Sam Muyskens discusses growing up in a musical family that performed across the country. He also explains the importance of religious understanding and helping the less fortunate.
Global Faith in Action (GFIA) is a Dialogue in Action organization. We contend that a healthy dialogue is a bridge to the transformation of families, communities and our world. Why? Because dialogue is not a debate! In a debate there is a winner and a loser. A good dialogue builds relationships with an open conversation that brings us together. When we can come together we are all winners. Today we live in a global village, Wichita, Kansas is one of the most diverse communities in the Midwest. People from all over the globe bring cross-cultural and religious practices to Wichita.

Temples, mosques, synagogues, and churches dot our landscape. It is GFIA’s mission to assist families, congregations, and communities as they come together and focus on commonly held beliefs that are trans-formative and life changing. The golden rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is one of these examples. We are thankful to live in a town where the religious, governmental, educational, and business leaders are proud of the diverse community we live in. May we all work together!

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