“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.
October 27, 2014, 4:30 PM In Stowe for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (which meets at the at St. John in the Mountains Episcopal Chapel) “Understanding our Muslim Brothers and Sisters: Reflections on the Islamic Society of North America Convention” with Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy
The Islamic Society of North America Convention took place over Labor Day Weekend in Detroit. It’s like the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA) but way bigger. Jimmy Carter was one of the keynote speakers. Rev. M’ellen attended and was deeply moved, intrigued and inspired by what she witnessed. Rev. M’ellen also served as a mentor for ten Christian and Jewish seminarians who attended the Convention as part of a Seminarians Interfaith Seminar. Rev. M’ellen will share with us her stories and insights from these fascinating experiences.
Sunday, November 9th, 9:45 AM at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Marietta, GA. For more info: http://www.emersonuu.org/emerson-unitarian/emersonuu-visitor-information.html
Sunday, November 16th, 10 AM at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sandy Springs, GA. For more info: http://nwuuc.org/about-us/directions/
“What I Love about Islam” with Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy
The tension and misunderstandings between the Islamic World and the West are dangerous and costly. This sermon is an effort to bridge that gap of misunderstanding. What may be intriguing about Islam for religious liberals? Join us for an opportunity to open our hearts and minds to what valuable life lessons we can gain from this powerful and inspiring religious tradition.
Presenter: Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) 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.
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