Civic and Community Groups Overview

Building Bridges with American Muslims

In our increasingly multicultural and diverse society, ING recognizes the need for ongoing interfaith dialogue and cooperation to foster mutual understanding and respect among people of all faiths and backgrounds. For nearly 25 years, ING representatives have served various faith-based organizations as speakers on panels, presenters, and participants in interfaith programs. See a listing of Faith Based Organizations and Community Organizations that have hosted ING speakers.

Below are a variety of resources available to provide a better understanding of Muslims and their faith in the context of America’s religious pluralism.

Presentations about American Muslims and Their Faith

To clarify common stereotypes and misconceptions, and increase understanding about Muslims and their faith ING offers a presentation titled Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith. The presentation provides an overview of basic beliefs and practices, while examining similarities between religions in such areas as the belief in God, prophets, revealed books and the afterlife. Presenters also give a glimpse into their personal live and practice that will hopefully provide insight into adherents of a much misunderstood faith. If time permits, presenters also address and answer questions about such current issues as women’s rights, Islam and democracy, extremism/terrorism, pluralism and Islam and the environment. ING also provides presentations on other topics or can tailor a presentation to suit your needs. To learn more about ING’s presentations or to schedule a presentation click here.

Interfaith Panels

ING provides interfaith panels with representatives from the five major world religions who first provide an introduction to each of their religions before addressing a topic of your choice; the Muslim and Jewish panel provides an overview of these two religions before discussing common practices and challenges as minorities in America. There is no charge for these panels. To learn more about ING’s interfaith panels or to request a panel, click here.

Intercultural Panels

ING provides panels of diverse speakers who examine the roots and interconnectedness of various forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism against Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Latinx, Asians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Native Americans. Panels address the history and impact of colonialism, slavery, orientalism, xenophobia, and internalized bigotry, and include student group discussions and calls to action to counter prejudice and foster inclusion. There is no charge for these panels. To learn more about ING’s intercultural panels or to request a panel, click here.

Additional Resources

To view ING’s additional resources, click here