Entries by Hilary Hull

An insight into the work of Melissa Bos

Trauma HealingIn Oman we have four active facilitators of Healing Groups using the Trauma Healing Institute’s materials (see traumahealingbasics.org for more information).  One group was administered via zoom in February and another zoom-based group in April.  We also hope to offer a training in the fall for those who wish to become facilitators of this tool. We […]

The Past Six Months at Al Amana Centre

From the beginning of 2022, Al Amana Centre has been leading courses with in-person, online, and hybrid programing.  Work on each of the programs is outlined below: Shoulder to ShoulderAl Amana partnered with a joint CRCNA-RCA team to organize Faith over Fear trainings to counter Islamophobia in Grand Rapids, MI and Orange City, IA during […]

Al Amana Centre Appoints new Board Members and Officers

In its fall meeting, held in hybrid from November 30 – Dec 1 2021, Al Amana Centre Board of Directors have appointed Dr. Agnes Aboum from Kenya and Rev. Juha Rintamäki of Finland to serve as new board members on Al Amana Centre Board for a three-year-term 2021-2024. Dr. Agnes Aboum from the Anglican Church […]

Visiting TV Program in Nigeria

Despite the pandemic, Al Amana Centre has continued its partnership and collaboration with Nigerian pastors and imams. Faith communities have been working hard during the last year and a half overcoming the global pandemic including sharing correct information about the virus. One part of this work has been a weekly television show on national Nigerian […]

Recovering from Cyclone Shaheen

Last week Oman braced for the impact Cyclone Shaheen. Initially, it was predicted to hit Muscat head on, but veered north and hit the coastline about an hour west of Muscat in an area called Suwaiq. But before making landfall, for 20 hours or so, Muscat received consistent heavy rain and winds. Streets were flooded, […]

A reflection for the Feast of St. Francis – October 4

In my travels across the United States this summer, it struck me how Christians are caring but also confused and fearful.  They want to be loving but have been left with the impression that Muslims and persons of other religions are strangers and possibly dangerous.  The problem is not new and neither is the danger […]

Discovering Dialogue

As we climbed up a wadi, scrambling over boulders and avoiding the spiky bushes, my friend asked me more about my work at Al Amana Centre. I told her that I had been praying about starting a Scriptural Reasoning (SR) group with women in Muscat. My friend replied, “Two Muslim ladies from our hiking group might […]

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Recently, while working on a Freedom of Religion and Belief project with www.interfaithphotovoice.org, with people from 5 continents, a theme began to appear. Generally, people from the global North and West, when asked to share pictures about faith in their context, showed pictures without people. They showed pictures of church buildings, and in one case […]

Muslim and Christian Students Share Holy Scriptures

This season of Covid-19 social distancing and virtual learning often poses a challenge to connecting in our own communities, not to mention with people from across the world. Recognizing the need for interpersonal and intercultural engagement, Calvin University history professor, Frans van Liere, partnered with Al Amana Centre to develop an online Scriptural Reasoning course. […]

Changes at Al Amana Centre

One year ago, we dropped off our last in-person group off at the airport to return to the USA. They returned to the U.S. not sure how this growing pandemic would affect their schooling when it restarted after their spring break. The next week, as the airport here in Oman was shutting down, my family […]