“Formerly, I rejected a friend easily if his religion was different from mine. But today my heart accepts all forms. My heart has become a pasture for gazelles, a monastery for monks, a temple for idols, a Qa’aba for the pilgrim, the scroll of the Torah and the pages of the Qur’an. My religion is Love now. Wherever it takes me, Love is my religion and my faith.” – Ibn Arabi, 12th-Century Sufi, Al-Andalus
to be re-scheduled: Making Sense of Islamophobia ($60)
In a world where there’s talk about a “clash of civilizations” and worry about relations
between Muslims and “the West”, there’s growing concern that fear of Muslims can
sometimes turn into hatred. Islamophobia is a term coined to capture these dynamics.
We’ll explore the extent to which Islamophobia exists in the U.S and Western Europe,
talk about causes and consequences in our daily lives, and consider its effects on how
people interact in the contemporary era.
Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy will offer a presentation in this series. Folks who are interested in being on a waiting list or taking this the next time it is offered can contact Elderly Services, Inc.,112 Exchange Street, P.O. Box 581, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-3983
Let’s Read the Qur’an instead of Burning It – was organized and co-hosted by Rev. M’ellen Kennedy and the Washington Unitarian Universalist Church in response to the threat of the Qur’an burning in Gainesville, FL.