Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman is Dean at Phillips Theological Seminary. She is ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an accredited spiritual director. She is former Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Phillips Theological Seminary. Dr. Pittman is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, and Southern Methodist University. She served as the Minister of First Christian Church, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
“Mr. Fethullah Gülen has offered a different kind of face of Islam to people who aren’t that familiar with Islam. In other words, here in the United States, we hear lots and lots about terrorists who claim the Islamic badge as their own. But Mr. Fethullah Gülen helps us see a different picture of Islam, and that’s one contribution. His other contribution is his kind of constant call to mutual respect, to mutual engagement, and, of course, to education. And especially for education for women.”
“But in my judgment, Mr. Gülen helps interpret the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad in a way that people can understand more clearly…He helps us see that the Prophet Muhammad also offered peace to the world, and also offered us a way to speak to one another without always being disrespectful, without always accusing one another of not being from God. And I’m very appreciative of that, and think it’s a helpful way of mutual understanding.”
“One of the things that really strikes me is the way that the people who are involved in the Hizmet Movement are very committed to it. They offer their wealth and their time and their talents to promoting the concerns of the Movement. I’ve also noticed that the people who are in that movement are very close friends with one another, but they offer that friendship to people all around them. So it’s not just a closed group, but it’s a very open group…”