Imam Yahya Hendi, the chaplain for Georgetown University, which is the first American university to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain, is coming to St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St., on April 25 to speak about the importance of dialogue for fostering respect and understanding as well as challenging stereotypes and prejudice.

The event, called “Many Faiths, One Humanity, United for the Common Good,” will kick off Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s (IM) inaugural Gershenson Lecture, named after former IM President Elliot Gershenson.

The sought-after speaker has presented a multitude of interfaith and general lectures throughout the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East for the past 14 years, including more than 62 countries. In 2012 he was named one of the world’s most 500 influential Muslims for his work as an interfaith dialogue activist and trainer.