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“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.

            Upcoming

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 8:00pm
“Heartbeat” – WGDR Concert Series
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield, VT

Heartbeat is an ensemble of accomplished Arab and Jewish youth artists ages 18-22, who bring their powerful sound and messages to the U.S. in an effort to end violence and promote equality. Heartbeat delivers their dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae. (Click for more info.)  Tickets: $15 advanced online.  $20 day-of at the door.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 10:30 AM
“The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs”
with Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, 2674 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH

Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make sense of this as westerners? Let’s explore this charged topic together. You’re invited to bring a scarf or hat to the service if You choose.

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 AM
“Understanding Islam: Working for Peace” with Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy

Islam is one of the most misunderstood and maligned religions in our world today. Let’s explore together what valuable life lessons we might gain from the wisdom of this great tradition. Following a presentation, we will engage in small group discussions. We’ll end the day with a collective prayer for peace and harmony among people of all faiths, particularly Muslims and non-Muslims. This retreat, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and their Associates, will be conducted at a private location near Burlington, Vermont. For more information, contact Rev. M’ellen Kennedy at mellenken@aol.com.

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 to 4:30 PM
“Healing the Muslim – Non-Muslim Divide:A Friendly Faith Exchange”
Hosted by the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Marietta, GA 30066

You’re invited to this uplifting opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to gather, get to know each other, to share our faith experiences in a supportive, safe, structured environment, to enjoy food from Muslim countries and to pray together for peace, healing and harmony among the peoples of the world. All welcome. No fee. Donation for the food will be gratefully accepted. The facilitator will be Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy of Peace and Unity Bridge. No pre-registration is required. Childcare can be provided if you let us know by March 10 by emailing office[at]emersonuu[dot]org.

Sunday, March 22, 9:45 AM Sunday Worship Service
“The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs”
Led by Rev. M’ellen Kennedy and Rev. Jeff Jones
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Marietta, GA 30066

Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make of this as westerners? Let’s explore this charged topic together. You’re invited to bring a scarf or hat to the service if You choose.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is a Unitarian Universalist minister and also a Sufi minister. She serves as consulting minister for the UU Churches in Springfield and Washington, Vermont. She is founder of “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB), an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. PUB is funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility. (www.peaceandunitybridge.org). She is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network.

            Featured Activist Resource:

Click Here to End Hate: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online and How to Take Action

from Muslim Advocates

“This pdf exposes the breadth of anti-Muslim hate online with examples from leading social media platforms, provides an overview of existing laws governing hate speech, and offers steps that Internet users can take to respond effectively to hate speech online: namely, reporting and counter-speech.”

            Currently Available for scheduling:

Facing Islamophobia

The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs

What I Love About Islam

            To schedule any of these events in your congregation or group, please contact us.13744628-inlaid-marble-columns-and-arches-hall-of-private-audience-or-diwan-i-khas-at-the-lal-qila-or-red-forFeatured Educational Resource:

Answers to 100 Frequently Asked Questions About Muslims

from Islamic Network Group (ING)

“ING has been delivering educational presentations about Muslims and their faith for nearly two decades. The following are answers to some of the most common and challenging questions that ING and its affiliates across the country have encountered over the past 20 years. While many of the answers address issues that are well established because of a clear citation in the Qur’an or hadith (prophetic sayings)—such as the six major beliefs or the five pillars—others focus on areas that are more open to interpretation. These answers reflect the fact that Islamic doctrines are the product of a dynamic conversation among Muslim scholars as well as between the scholars and the laity who apply these rulings, rather than a fixed set of answers and regulations. ”

           Featured Video:

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

           Featured Blog Post:

Reverend Jeremiah Kalendae on Islam, Sufism, Pluralism and moreKalendae is a practicing Sufi and a Unitarian Universalist Muslim

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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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