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New ING Op-Ed in Religion News Service:
Religious Literacy Can Fix the Faulty
Foundation Beneath Trump’s Muslim Ban
“We know the intent behind the Muslim bans. What will our intent be? We must commit ourselves to education and engagement with unfamiliar religions and cultures. This would go a long way in dispelling the fears that lead to bad policy like the travel bans.”
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi published a commentary piece at the Religion News Service this week exploring the deep-seated fears that lead to discriminatory public policy like the Trump administration’s travel bans targeting primarily Muslim-majority countries. Such fear, she says, is based on ignorance of Muslims and their faith. You can read the full article at Religion News Service and Sojourners.
Interfaith Program Highlight in East Bay Times:
Menlo Park Church Aims to Dispel Religious Stereotypes
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi was featured in an East Bay Times article about an upcoming interfaith program stewarded by Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Part of the program involves Muslim guest speakers, and on November 19th, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will deliver our presentation “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes” for Trinity’s congregants. Read more about the program here.
Upcoming Featured Events
Bridges to Action: A Conversation with
the Islamic Community: October 26th
ING Speaker Raania Mohsen will participate in this special panel examining American Muslim lives in contemporary society for the San Jose Women’s Club (SJWC). Learn more and register here.
Tent of Abraham – A Muslim Response
to Anti-Semitism: October 29th
ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will deliver a speech on Muslim perspectives toward anti-Semitism for this Tent of Abraham event at Temple Beth El in Aptos.
Christian-Muslim Dialogue Course: November 2nd
ING Interfaith Coordinator Kate Chance (Christian) and Content Director Ameena Jandali (Muslim) will participate on a special interfaith panel focused on Christian-Muslim dialogue. The panel is for a class on the topic taught by Sr. Marianne Farina, who is also an ING speaker and will facilitate the conversation.
Read about other upcoming ING events in California, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and Texas at our site.
Highlights of Past Events
Interfaith Panel on Climate Change
On October 19th, ING Content Director Ameena Jandali spoke on an interfaith panel on the topic of climate change at a Buddhist temple in Berkeley. ING has participated in this annual panel for the last decade. You can schedule an interfaith panel for your house of worship, community organization, or school at our site.