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[Editorial] More People of Faith Need to Speak Up
We as a society are in a tumultuous moment—not only politically but morally. Millions of people are taking to the streets to voice their discontent. People of faith, individually and as communities, are prominent among them. But do people of faith have anything unique to bring to the struggles of the present moment? Yes, we certainly think so.
Featured Upcoming Events
Jewish Solidarity Gathering With Muslims:
Sunday, February 26th in Burlingame, CA
Upcoming INGYouth Workshops
- March 11th – Fremont, California
- March 18th – New Jersey
- March 19th – Philadelphia-Delaware
- March 25th – Western Massachusetts (details forthcoming)
To request a workshop, contact INGYouth Coordinator Ishaq Pathan at [email protected] or 408.296.7312 x (130).
Webinar: “Meet a Muslim” and Other Ways to
Address Islamophobia in Your Community:
Wednesday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM PST
In response to rising Islamophobia, “Meet a Muslim” events are now growing in popularity. On Wednesday, February 22nd, ING’s Know Your Neighbor coalition will present a webinar to share ideas, advice, and inspiration for others to host similar events in local communities. Join us as we talk to activists who have found creative ways to tackle this issue:
Facilitator: Kate Chance – Interfaith Coordinator of Islamic Networks Group (ING)
- Mona Haydar — http://www.monahaydar.com/
- Catherine Orsborn — Campaign Director of Shoulder to Shoulder
- Moina Shaiq — Founder of Muslim Support Network and President of Tri City Interfaith Council
- Shakila T Ahmad — Board Chair and President of The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
- Ameena Jandali – Content Director, Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Mark Your Calendars to Explore the Exodus
Story With Muslims and Jews:
Sunday, April 2nd
You are cordially invited to our upcoming Halaqa-Seder program to be held Sunday, April 2nd at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California. The evening includes lively readings of the Exodus Story in both the Quran and Torah, interfaith table conversations and a delicious Halal/Kosher dinner all shared among members of the Muslim and Jewish communities. This event will be at capacity, so please reserve your seats ASAP.
ING In the News
ING’s Communications Manager Reflects:
“Why Are We Afraid of Refugees?”
ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn recently authored an article for Sojourners magazine exploring the tension between the oft-stated fear of refugees and the fear of showing true compassion; in Tim’s case, from the Christian perspective. You can read the article here.
How a Bible Belt Christian Found Herself
Working for a Muslim-Founded Organization
INGYouth Coordinator Speaks at Pro-Refugee
Rally Led by Jewish Organizations
ING Office Hosts State Department Guests
from Belgium, Italy, and Lebanon
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Interfaith Coordinator Kate Chance met today with US Department of State guests from Belgium, Italy, and Lebanon to discuss ING’s programs in education and interfaith engagement as well as strategies for combating stereotypes and building bridges among people of different religious backgrounds in Europe.
Past Event Highlights
Grounding, Re-Focus, & Living the Best Expressions of our Faiths: Interacting With the Current Political Climate
ING Staff Members Active at Community Events
ING Content Director Ameena Jandali spoke at an event last Saturday at the Albany Library called “Stand for Love,” where she joined other interfaith leaders and activists to decry xenophobia and bigotry and to extend support to marginalized groups. On Sunday, Ameena presented at the second Oakland Peace Center Activism and Advocacy Resource Fair where she discussed some of the causes for growing anti-Muslim sentiment and remedies to combat Islamophobia. Ameena then conducted a teacher training for the staff of a Concord elementary school on Monday where she discussed some of the issues which impact Muslim students. To request a teacher training for your school visit our site.
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi spoke at the Building Bridges Alumni Dinner in Palo Alto where she discussed the post-inauguration environment for American Muslims. Maha also spoke the same morning at a Presbyterian church as part of the “Stories of Hope and Action” speaker series. She talked through strategies for peacebuilding and how ING’s work in educating the public about Islam and Muslims is of key importance for a strong civil society.