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Table of Contents:
- ING and Affiliates Statement on Brussels Attacks
- Resources on Teaching About Islam and Muslims
- Online Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Islam and Muslims
- Free Online Lesson Plans for Educators Supplementing Content Standards Relating to Islam and Religious Studies
- Video: My Fellow American
- Schedule Expert Presenters from the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau
ING and Affiliates Statement on Brussels Attacks
In partnership with our nationwide Affiliates, we at ING stand in solidarity with the people of Belgium following the heinous and vicious attacks in Brussels today as we stand with the people of Turkey in the face of similar attacks last week and offer our prayers and condolences to all the victims and their families. Crimes such as these, in a world already racked by violence, flagrantly violate the norms of civilized society and the core teachings of all major world religions. In the face of such atrocities, we pledge to redouble our efforts to build interreligious and intercultural understanding and harmony.
Resources On Teaching About Islam and Muslims
In this webinar, expert guests from some of the nation’s leading educational, civil rights, and interfaith organizations explain best practices for teaching about Islam and world religions in public schools.
Tailored for teachers and others involved in education, webinar speakers explore what the First Amendment says about teaching world religions in public schools, reputable resources for teachers and educators to use in educating about Islam and world religions, and best practices for upholding a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
The recording is available on our website, where you will also find a downloadable list of the resources discussed in the webinar. Please share the recording and resource list with colleagues and others in your networks! In the face of terror attacks and hatred, education is more crucial than ever.
Online Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Islam and Muslims
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Access our answers to frequently asked questions about Muslims and their faith, ranging from the most basic to more sophisticated questions. We also provide answers to specific questions about Sharia and ISIS.
Free Online Lesson Plans for Educators Supplementing Content Standards Relating to Islam and Religious Studies
ING maintains an active curriculum section, where registered educators can access free lesson plans on a variety of topics, from “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith” to interfaith relations and more. Register here and access these free resources.
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is a presenter on our Parent and Educator Webinar series, which can be viewed here. UPF recently released a new video called “My Fellow American” which explores the damaging impact on communities of stereotypes and misconceptions, and introduces students to some of the diverse professions and backgrounds of American Muslims, many of whom serve our country in different ways.
Schedule Expert Presenters from the Islamic Speakers
Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau
The experts in our Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) and Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) undergo training and certification procedures in order to bring the most academically-sound education to your school or group. Reading about Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism in a textbook can only go so far. Our Speakers bridge the gap by exploring not just the tenets and practices of a given religion, but explaining how they live that religion in their daily lives. They don’t shy away from difficult questions, either; open and honest conversations about faith and practice are a common feature of these meetings.
The members of the ISB can speak to a custom topic of your choosing or any of the core ING curriculum offerings below:
- Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
- Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes
- Muslim Contributions to Civilization
- A History of Muslims in America
The IFSB brings together representatives of the world’s major faith traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) for panels that allow audiences to get multiple religious viewpoints on a given topic at once. IFSB panels often address our multifaith curricula “Living the Faith” and “Shared Values Among Faiths” but can also speak to many other custom topics:
- Separation of Church and State
- Muslim-Jewish Relations in the U.S.
- Bullying Prevention and Education for Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish Students
- Religion and Pluralism
- Religion and Extremism
- Religion and Environmental Concerns