Staff Insights

Local Interfaith Initiative Aims to Dispel Prejudice

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Manager. This opinion originally appeared at San Jose Inside. You may have heard the term “interfaith” in recent years. Maybe your house of worship engaged with another of a different tradition for a potluck dinner, or maybe your neighbor… Read More

The Story of Abraham and Hajar: Radical Hope in God and Our Responsibilities to Each Other

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a special interfaith Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. A video of Maha’s speech is available here. Shalom, Salam, and peace be with you. I am honored to be here with you tonight… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Speech at Interfaith Gathering for Peace

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering for Peace on August 27th, 2017 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. You can watch a video of her speech here. As we come together to celebrate our diversity and build relationships of peace… Read More

The Sacrifices of Hajar and Ismail – A Hajj Parable of Radical Hope for Modern Times

By Ameena Jandali, Content Director. This opinion originally appeared at Patheos AltMuslim. A few weeks ago when a man on a motorcycle pulled up alongside me and shouted “Seig heil!” I was unusually at a loss for words. I realized in that moment that there was nothing… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Remarks at Interfaith Gathering Against Hate

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the Interfaith Gathering Against Hate on August 25th, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. You can watch a video of Maha’s speech here and read a longer article about the event here. While I… Read More

Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting, five years on: We still refuse to admit ignorance can be deadly

By Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion originally appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal This Saturday, August 5th, marks five years since a white supremacist walked into a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and murdered six innocent people who were preparing food. The shooter’s… Read More

U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations in Context of Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: What We Can Do

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Recent violence and loss of life in Jerusalem[1] once again reminds us of how much we need to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It also highlights the lack of imagination and political will of the… Read More

U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Context of Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: What We Can Do

July 27, 2017 by Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This piece originally appeared at the Huffington Post “Differences in narratives of Palestinian-Israeli conflict held by American Muslims and Jews may seem unbridgeable, but I know we can work together.” Recent violence and loss of life in Jerusalem[1] once again reminds… Read More

Monsters Command Fear, Losers Like ISIS Command Nothing

By Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. I don’t often find common currency with our Chief Executive’s speeches, but earlier this week while referring to the perpetrators of the Manchester Arena terror attack, our President said, “I won’t call them monsters because they would like… Read More

A Christian’s Reflection on Terror in the Name of Islam

By Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst​. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. The Crusades. The Inquisition. The wars of religion. The persecution and oppression of Jews. The burning of “witches.” Even the Holocaust—for though the Nazis did not claim to be motivated by Christian faith, the… Read More
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