Join us at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Supporting Jewish Communities, ING Speaks at Prayer Vigils

ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager, Raania Mohsen, at the San Jose Prayer Vigil
In support of our allies and partners in Jewish Communities across the Bay Area, ING staff attended and spoke at several vigils in response to the tragic attacks on a Pittsburgh synagogue last Saturday. Joining faith and civic leaders, we expressed our sorrow and solidarity with the Jewish community at events in San Jose, Tiburon, Berkeley, and Oakland. Attendees expressed their deep appreciation to ING staff for their attendance and our statement of support we released last weekend.


Upcoming Featured ING Events

ING Joins South Valley Islamic Center Interfaith Potluck Dinner:
November 4th in San Martin

Members of the South Valley Islamic Center will gather for this social event in San Martin. All are welcome. Please bring your favorite dishes to share with others. Invited to speak about our work is ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen.

Join us at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING’s programs. On Sunday, November 4th, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities. Joining Ishaq will be ING Affiliate Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau Director Nabeeh Hasan and ING Interfaith Speaker Lakshmi Chandrashekar Subramanian.

Join us for a Webinar on Teaching About Religion in Schools Series:
Final Webinar on November 7th

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and a special guest speaker Dr. Susan Douglass from Georgetown University for a two-part webinar series for educators on teaching about religions:
  • Guidelines For Teaching About Religion (Recording Forthcoming) with Dr. Susan Douglass and Ishaq Pathan
  • Resources For Teaching About Religions (Wednesday, November 7th) with Dr. Susan Douglass, Ameena Jandali and Ishaq Pathan

Join us for an Interfaith Panel on Living the Faith:
November 11th in San Jose

How do adherents of different religions live out their beliefs, practices, and values in the busy lives they lead in the contemporary world? Representatives of major world religions in this panel discussion begin with a brief introduction of their beliefs and practices before answering the question of how they live out their faith. The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) will address these questions and more for an upcoming panel at the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose. This panel is co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC). To book an interfaith panel, visit this site.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes:
November 13th in San Francisco

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes,” one of ING’s core presentations, to students at the Notre Dame De Namur University. Her talk will explore the history and contemporary lives of Muslim women around the world, including common misconceptions. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Past ING Events

Students Spend Halloween Learning About Muslims

Supplementing world history curriculum, ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and Islamic Speakers Bureau speaker Sobia Sultan spoke to students at a middle school in Newark about Muslims and their faith. Students were interested to learn about famous American Muslims and the five pillars of Islam. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Exploring Interfaith Views on Religious Pluralism

ING Interfaith Speakers Berget Jelane (Buddhist), Katy Dickinson (Christian), Esther Heller (Jewish), Ismael Nass (Muslim) all participated on a panel on religious pluralism facilitated by ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan at the California State University Monterey Bay campus. Panelists spoke about mainstream views on religious pluralism both within their faith as well as with other faiths. To book an interfaith panel, visit this site.

INGYouth Speakers Express Solidarity with Jewish Teens

INGYouth Speakers met up with teens from Congregation Etz Chayim of Palo Alto to share in community and examine similar texts from the Torah and Qur’an. In a period of increased bigotry, bullying and hate crimes, the event fostered a sense of hope for an America in which all people are respected and feel safe in their communities and houses of worship. INGYouth Speakers also presented the teens with a card to express their solidarity in light of the Pittsburgh shooting.

INGYouth Speakers Participate in “Teens Take Action” Night
at DeYoung Museum

INGYouth Speakers set up a booth at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco during their Teens Take Action night about the diversity of Muslim fashion, and created interactive activities on how Muslims express their culture and religion through clothing! Check out the exhibition on Contemporary Muslim Fashions running until January 6th, 2019.

“Have you been to Mecca?”

Supplementing world history curriculum, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali spoke in three classes at a private middle school in San Francisco last week. She first answered their pre-written questions, most of which were about hijab, hajj, and her experience with anti-Muslim bigotry before giving a quick presentation about Muslim contributions to Civilization. The combination of contemporary and historical perspectives was a hit with the class. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.