Do Your Part to Counter Islamophobia and Racism This Friday, Maha Elgenaidi Will Speak at the National Summit on Religion and Education ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will be speaking at the first-of-its-kind National Summit on Religion and Education. Joined by various stakeholders, she will also be participating in an day-long discussion on the state of education about religion in America’s primary and secondary schools. The event includes select teachers, administrators, scholars, learned society and professional association leaders, textbook publishers, professional development providers and grant makers who bring unique perspectives about the successes and challenges in the field. The all-day event is hosted by the Washington-DC based Religious Freedom Center, and is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development and the National Council for the Social Studies. Upcoming Speakers Trainings Intercultural Speakers Bureau Training Thursday, October 10, 2019 in San Jose and Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Oakland Join us on Thursday, October 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in San Jose OR Tuesday, October 22nd, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Oakland to have dinner and to learn more about the Intercultural Speakers Bureau (ICSB), a new ING program that promotes inclusive and equitable communities. The ICSB organizes panels of two or more representatives from various religious and cultural backgrounds to speak about the roots and interconnectedness of various forms of bigotry, concluding with calls to action to counter prejudice and hate while building an inclusive society based on mutual understanding and solidarity. Panels are held in schools, colleges, universities, and other venues. For more information or to register for the training in San Jose visit this page. For more information or to register for the training in Oakland visit this page. Interfaith Speakers Bureau Training Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Oakland Join us on Thursday, December 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Oakland to have dinner and to learn more about the Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB), an ING program that promotes religious literacy and mutual respect among faiths. The IFSB organizes panels of two or more representatives from five major religions speaking on a variety of topics in schools, colleges, universities, and other venues. For more information or to register for the training visit this page. ING is Growing! We’re Hiring for Bay Area and CA Statewide Programs ING is growing in the Bay Area and in California. We’re hiring a Programs Scheduler, Programs and Communications Manager, and Programs Manager to join our Bay Area team! The Programs Scheduler is responsible for handling and scheduling all requests for ING presentations, lectures, panels, and seminars and for distributing ING materials to speakers. The Programs and Communications Manager is responsible for overseeing and expanding three of ING’s flagship programs: the Islamic Speakers Bureau, the Interfaith Speakers Bureau, and INGYouth and for managing part of ING’s communications channels. The Programs Manager is responsible for overseeing and expanding new ING programs: the Intercultural Speakers Bureau (ICSB) program and the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) program funded by the State of California. If you are motivated, creative, and service-oriented, consider applying to join our team in Oakland or San Jose! Learn more about the positions and qualifications at our employment page. Thank you for your interest. Other Upcoming ING Events Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019: Shared Values Among Faiths & Religion in the Workplace, Stripe, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here. Thursday, October 3rd, 2019: Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes, Webinar, Private, WI. Find more information here. Sunday, October 6th, 2019: Interfaith Panel: Religion and Environment, St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Kenwood, CA. Find more information here. Monday, October 7th, 2019: Islamophobia and Its Impact on Muslims, Sikhs, and Other Americans, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Find more information here. Sunday, October 13th, 2019: Interfaith Forum on Mindfulness, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC), Milpitas, CA. Find more information here. Sunday, October 20th, 2019: Interfaith Panel on Justice, Berkeley Buddhist Temple, Berkeley, CA. Find more information here. Islamophobia and Its Impact, Stone Church of Willow Glen Presbyterian, San Jose, CA. Find more information here. If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming events, please write to [email protected]. Highlights of Past Events ING Spoke at National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life in San Mateo ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan spoke at the San Mateo County Interfaith National Day of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life where he addressed the important role that people of faith play in providing services for mental health needs in their communities. He referenced Qur’anic verses that Muslims use to strengthen their health while also insisting upon the importance of professional care such as that provided by the Khalil Center in the Bay Area Muslim community. Finally, he spoke on the need to remove the stigma of those struggling with their mental health. To book an ING speaker for your event, visit our site. Interfaith Retreat Discussed Role of Forgiveness in Faith ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi joined “Compassionate Conversations: Growing into Forgiveness” retreat at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel to speak on forgiveness in Islam where she highlighted God’s names that reflect the topic as well as prophetic teachings on forgiveness. Here she’s pictured with the other teachers from Jewish, Christian, and Buddhist traditions. To book an ING speaker for your event, visit our site. ING Interfaith Speakers Addressed Shared Values in First of Three-Part Panel Series in Sonoma Members of our Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) spoke on a panel moderated by ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali on Shared Values Among Faiths at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Kenwood for the first of a three-part Sonoma County interfaith panel series. The requester of the panel remarked, “Thank you so much for the wonderful panel discussions today. The attendees were so impressed especially by each panelist’s authenticity…Thank you for giving people in our area such a wonderful experience.” To book an ING interfaith panel, visit our site. ING and City of Mountain View Sponsored an Interfaith Panel on Separation of Church and State in Mountain View Co-sponsored by the City of Mountain View, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and members of our Interfaith Speakers Bureau spoke about “Separation of Church and State” on a panel moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Panelists addressed the principle of separation of church and state in their religious communities and how it has played out in various nations around the world and here in the United States as it impacts them. The lively hour and half panel also addressed specific religious freedom cases by the United States Supreme Court that included provocative issues such as The Culture Wars. To book an ING interfaith panel, visit our site. Daly City ACCESS Members Were Excited to Learn About ING’s Know Your Neighbor Program ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan spoke to representatives from various community and governmental organizations at Daly City ACCESS on ING’s programs with a focus on our Know Your Neighbor (KYN) campaigns and local events. During the presentation, participants addressed their reflections on their American identity from our Know Your Neighbor: Share Your American story campaign. To learn more about KYN, visit our site. Sunnyvale Mayor Visited ING’s Booth at Sunnyvale Annual State of the City Event Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein stopped by our booth with ING staff and interfaith volunteers at the annual Sunnyvale State of the City event. People attending the event discussed their visions of a world of interfaith harmony and wrote down their ideas of ways they can make those visions reality. To learn about ING programs, visit our site. Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board Invited ING Interfaith Panel to Discuss the Link Between Spirituality and Behavioral Health ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and members of our Interfaith Speakers Bureau spoke on “Faith Communities, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse” for a Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board Committee meeting in San Jose. They addressed connections between spirituality and mental health and discussed ways to support their community members on issues such as suicide, substance abuse, depression and other mental health issues. To book an ING panel, visit our site. Panelists Spoke on Bullying Prevention and Education for Students at SUNY Oneonta ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali joined Karen Stiller from the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco and Inderpreet Kaur from The Sikh Coalition for a webinar on preventing bullying of Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh students for a class on education at the State University of New York at Oneonta. Each of the presenters described the prevalence of bullying and other challenges faced by students in these groups and presented strategies to prevent bullying and create inclusive classrooms. To book an ING panel, visit our site. ING Invited to Speak at Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto Event ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi gave a presentation on “Countering Islamophobia and Other Bigotries and their impact on Marginalized Communities” for the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto. Over the course of the presentation, she touched on the roots of Islamophobia and other bigotries including the history and impact of knowledge creation under colonialism and slavery, old and neo-orientalism, xenophobia, and internalized bigotry. She concluded with calls to action to counter prejudice and hate while building an inclusive society based on mutual understanding and solidarity.To book an ING presentation, visit our site. ING Discussed Holidays and Festivals on Final Show in KSQD Faith Matters Radio Series ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali spoke on an interfaith panel for a KSQD FM Radio program called Faith Matters in Santa Cruz alongside a Catholic and a Baha’i speaker. This program, the last in a series of three, discussed holidays and festivals. Ameena described some of the common practices that take place on the two major Muslim holidays or Eids and highlighted the themes of the recent hajj or pilgrimage and its associated holiday Eid al-Adha. Listen to the full show here. Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a peace-building organization providing face-to-face education and engagement opportunities that foster understanding of Muslims and other misunderstood groups to promote harmony among all people.