ING: Myth-Busters

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ING Speaker Delivers “Myth-Busting” Program
at South San Francisco Basque Center


An ING Speaker delivered a “myth-busting” program last Saturday at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco for nearly 100 representatives of the American Association of University Women. In a meeting that lasted more than 2 hours, the Speaker shared our presentation on Muslim women and answered a barrage of questions from the audience. The requester thanked her with typical feedback our speakers receive, saying, “Thank you for the most valuable, informative, interesting, thorough and ‘myth-busting’ program yesterday at the Basque Cultural Center. Not only are you an excellent speaker and good sport, you are also such a lovely, warm person. I’m honored to have met you.”


Testimonial after Chaplain Training at Zuckerberg
San Francisco General Hospital


Following a training for chaplains at San Francisco General Hospital last Tuesday, ING received the following testimonial: “I want to offer my deepest gratitude for your presentation with our department and some other providers this week. I have received an overwhelming amount of feedback from folks about how helpful your presentation was. I have heard repeatedly how amazed people were at how much they learned in an hour and a half. I am so grateful for you coming all the way to the city to help teach the chaplains to serve Muslim patients here at the hospital better. I was on the floor today and was able to apply elements of what you shared with the patients and do some education with staff. I really can’t thank you enough for what you offered us this week. Deep bows of gratitude.”  


This Saturday, ING Webinar on Islam and Neo-Atheism

neo atheists
ING will conduct a webinar on Islam and Neo-Atheism for its Affiliates on Saturday, March 19 from 8:00-9:00 am. The webinar will describe major Neo-Atheists like Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and others, and investigate their narratives against Islam and how to combat them. This webinar is only available for ING Affiliates but will be made public soon.


Featured Events from ING’s Interfaith Allies Program, Including Some This Weekend

Interfaith Allies is ING’s national grassroots campaign to respond to growing anti-Muslim and anti-minority sentiment, bigotry, and hatred by encouraging and facilitating face-to-face engagement, relationship-building, fellowship, and action between people of different religious traditions, beliefs, and cultures. Over the coming year, with the unique opportunities and needs that an election cycle brings, congregations and places of worship will be at the forefront of efforts to build face-to-face, person-to-person relationships of trust and mutual respect with those from different religious traditions and backgrounds. Here are some upcoming Interfaith Allies events that you can attend:

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
Saturday, March 19th, 2:00 PM in Santa Cruz

ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will present our core presentation Getting to Know American Muslims and their Faith, which describes the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims and gives a brief overview of their history and of notable Muslims today.

Mary, Hagar, Sarah, and Their Sons:
A Muslim-Christian Conversation

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Alamo

Using the stories of Mary, Hagar, Sarah, and their sons as their focal point, ING Content Director Ameena Jandali and Dr. Deborah Saxon will share in an interfaith conversation that highlights both Muslim and Christian perspectives concerning these central figures in the sacred stories of both traditions. For more information see our website.

Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Poetry from the Convivencia
Thursday, March 31st, 7:00 PM in Los Gatos

The art project “Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory” interweaves Muslim, Jewish, and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain. ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel reflecting on the artwork and texts.

What a Muslim Wishes Christians Knew About Islam
Sunday, April 3rd, 5:00 PM in Piedmont

ING Content Director Ameena Jandali will present her reflections on “What A Muslim Wishes Christians Knew About Islam” at Piedmont Community Church.

Being A Muslim in the Bay Area
Sunday, April 10th, 9:15 AM in Cupertino

As part of Saint Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church’s Sunday Morning Forum, ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will explore the current environment for Muslims living in the Bay Area, and how other faith groups can help improve the situation.

20th Annual Multicultural Freedom Seder
Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 PM in San Francisco

The theme for this year’s Multicultural Passover Freedom Seder is modeled on recognizing the many communities that call San Francisco home. ING is a co-sponsor of the Freedom Seder and we urge you to attend and celebrate together. You can join ING’s table by writing to ING Deputy Director-Programs, Sean Rose at [email protected]