“People are enemies of what they do not know.”
-Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet
Our purpose is addressing Islamophobia and building bridges of understanding and friendship among non-Muslims and Muslims particularly in the Northern New England area with potential to spread to other geographic areas. This project offers resources to counter the severe and dangerous tensions, misunderstandings and animosity.
Nov. 3, Sunday, 10:30 am – What I Love About Islam with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH, at weekly worship service
Nov. 17, Sunday, 9:00 & 11:00 am – What I Love About Islam with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy, The Unitarian Church in Westport, CT, at weekly worship services
Dec. 29, Sunday, 10 am – The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy, Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury, VT
Second and fourth Saturdays at 2 pm, Burlington, VT – ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES: ISLAM Q&A Sessions, Fletcher Free Library, Pickering Room
Please join members of the Islamic Society of Vermont for an informative series of question and answer sessions about all aspects of Islam. The informal conversation groups will meet twice per month for friendly dialogue on a number of topics. Through these discussions with fellow Vermonters journey toward a greater understanding of our world.
This program is held in conjunction with the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative awarded to the Fletcher Free Library. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of books and videos selected to help Americans become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world, including those within the U.S. For more information, contact Barbara at 865.7211.
Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is offering a service on The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs followed by a viewing and facilitated discussion of the short film, Wearing Hijab: Uncovering the Myths of Islam in the United States. To schedule this two-part program in your New England congregation or group, please see this page.
Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America - by Eboo Patel, Beacon Press (Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Acts of Faith. He was a member of President Obama’s inaugural faith council, is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, and public radio, and speaks frequently about interfaith cooperation on college campuses.)
“At a time when ignorance and suspicion are holding us back from building true community with our neighbors, Eboo Patel offers a light in the darkness. He challenges the bigotry and intolerance that is seeping into our political rhetoric, reminding us that America is a country built on the pillars of pluralism and tolerance. In both Sacred Ground and his wonderful interfaith work, Eboo offers an opportunity for us to move to higher ground in our relationships with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and to play our part in building a ‘beloved community for all people,’ both in the United States, and around the world.”—Rev. Jim Wallis, author of God’s Politics
Inside Mecca is a film by National Geographic that serves as an excellent documentary introduction to the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars (essential spiritual practices) of Islam. It can be viewed at home via the National Geographic channel on Youtube. There is a small group dialogue session for this film here.
What Is The Truth About American Muslims? was “created jointly by Interfaith Alliance and the Religious Freedom Education Project. In a time when misinformation about and misunderstandings of Islam and of the American Muslim community are widespread, our goal is to provide the public with accurate answers to understandable questions. This FAQ reflects widely-shared views among American Muslims on important topics such as sharia, jihad, the role of mosques and the relationship between religious and civil legal codes. It has been endorsed by 21 diverse religious, secular, interfaith and civil rights organizations,” including 3 Muslim, some Sikh, Jewish, Christian and more.
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Peace and Unity Bridge is a project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Washington, Vermont, assisted by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility.
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