Jesus for Muslims | Educator Webinar Jan. 27th

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Educator Webinar: Supporting Your Diverse Classroom
and Resources for Teaching About Islam

Wednesday January 27th, 3:30-4:30pm PST27th_orgs_banner

ING is excited to convene an upcoming Educator Webinar: Supporting Your Diverse Classroom and Resources for Teaching About Islam. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute, The Sikh Coalition, Thirteen WNET New York, Unity Productions Foundation, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Teaching Tolerance, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Tailored for teachers and others involved in education, expert guests will explore what the First Amendment says around teaching about religion 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.

ING Deputy Director-Programs Sean Rose, Content Director Ameena Jandali, and Affiliate Director Marcia Beauchamp will present. The webinar runs from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM Pacific time. Special guests include:

  • Dr. Charles Haynes, Vice President of the Newseum Institute and Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Center
  • Daniel Tutt, Director of Programs, Unity Productions Foundation
  • Sara Wicht, Senior Manager of Teaching and Learning, Teaching Tolerance
  • Sandy Goldberg, Education Director, WNET [PBS Affiliate]
  • Kim Keiserman, Education Program Associate, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • Roula Allouch, National Board Chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Arjun Singh, Director of Law and Policy, Sikh Coalition

[Register for the January 27th webinar here.]


Jesus for Muslims – A Special Sermon by Reverend Rebecca Irelan


On Sunday, January 17th, ING staff, friends, and family joined the congregation of Willow Glen United Methodist Church in San Jose for a very special sermon. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Irelan presented a stunning message on the place of Jesus in the eyes of Muslims. The full sermon was subsequently published on Patheos, and a short excerpt follows:

To the surprise of most Christians, Muslims feel a special closeness to Jesus. For one thing, Jesus and Muhammad stand together because, in Islam, there was no prophet that stands between them. And Jesus is mentioned 93 times in the Quran, more than Abraham. His mother Mary even has a book named after her, the only woman so honored in the Quran…I believe that for all of us, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. But even if we could all agree on that statement, it would by no means erase the significant differences between the Jesus of Christianity and the Jesus of Islam. Nevertheless, it might give us a more constructive place to begin to talk and to listen to one another about our differences, to grow in mutual understanding, to clarify what we believe as we learn what others believe. There is no better way to deepen our own faith than to have to explain it and practice it for someone else.


Upcoming Endowment Supporters Dinner
Saturday, Feb. 6, San Ramon Marriott


Keynote speaker: Haroon Moghul

“Can American Muslims Stay Muslim?”
Asking difficult questions to bring about meaningful change

Haroon Moghul is an academic and public commentator, regular guest on network news on Islam and public affairs, and creator of the Confessions Ramadan video series on YouTube. Event time is 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Register here.

Tickets for the event are $55. Free babysitting provided by the Ramadan Playgroup.


Featured Events from Interfaith Allies Program:
Know Your Muslim Neighbor

In late 2015, with anti-Muslim and anti-minority sentiment spiking in our country and around the world, ING brought together a group of community members – including software engineers, educators, graduate students, and nonprofit workers from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds – to envision our response to the simple question: “How and where can I meet a Muslim?”

Our Meet Your Muslim Neighbor initiative, inspired in part by the White House-convened Know Your Neighbor coalition of which ING is a founding member, aims to help community members connect with Muslim individuals and communities in their area. We publicize existing public events and inspire and support new events which bring Muslim and non-Muslim Americans into dialogue, relationship, and shared action.

The events below are a few of the opportunities that we’ve created to help kick off the program.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
Friday, January 22nd, 12:15 PM in Fremont


ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will deliver our flagship presentation on American Muslims to the Fremont Rotary Club this Friday afternoon.

Imam Anwar and Minister Dave: A Conversation
Sunday, January 24th, 10:30 AM in Santa Cruz

imam and minister

One of the Bay Area’s most dynamic Muslim leaders returns to Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz, this week! Join ING staff and friends as Imam Tahir Anwar delivers a rousing “sermon” followed by a deep conversation with Minister Dave Grishaw-Jones.

Understanding Islam: Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue
Sunday, January 31st, 2:00 PM in Sunnyvale


The media presents conflicting and often negative information about Muslims, Islam, and their relationship to other faiths. To help sort out fact from fiction, ING Speakers Ismael Nass and Aisha Morgan will join Jian Hu Shi, Abbot of the Zen Center of Sunnyvale, to engage in a conversation to promote greater appreciation and understanding of each other’s religious traditions and their relationship to one another. Please join us at the Chung Tai Zen Center for this enlightening conversation. Registration is free, but required.

Join Muslim and Jewish Neighbors to
Explore Shared Stories of the Exodus

Sunday, April 3rd, 4:00 PM in Los Gatos

We’re excited to invite you to the 2nd annual Muslim-Jewish Combined Halaqa-Seder Dinner. Join us on Sunday, April 3rd from 4:00-8:00 PM at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos for dramatic reenactments of scenes from the Exodus Story from Muslim and Jewish scriptures followed by engaging interfaith table conversations and a halal/kosher dinner among Muslim and Jewish members of South Bay communities. Last year’s event was sold out. Reserve your seats today and contact Deputy Director-Programs Sean Rose for further information.