Working with LGBTQ & Other Allies – Moving Beyond the Kumbaya in Interfaith Work

It’s time to move beyond the holding hands and singing kumbaya. It’s time to make alliances with folks we don’t typically ally with. It’s time to have difficult conversations about difficult subjects. It’s time to recognize who has stood up for us and stand up for them as well, even if we don’t align theologically — we align as humans. [Read more…]

Why We’re Allies of the Muslim Community – Five Short Stories

Embed from Getty Images By Islamic Network Group (ING) Staff Does it make sense that an organization named Islamic Networks Group (ING), whose mission is “to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions,” have a sizable number of staff members (five out of twelve ) who aren’t Muslim? We [Read More…]

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10 Ways to Be an Effective Ally to the Muslim Community

Following the results of the 2016 Presidential election, I have received countless emails and phone calls about what others can do to stand alongside the Muslim community. As a white Christian woman , I struggle to respond because I am asking myself the same question: How can I be an effective ally to the Muslim community outside of my nine-to-five job? What can I do to lessen the discrimination experienced by my Muslim co-workers and friends? [Read more…]

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Night and Day: Elie Wiesel and a Muslim Writer

By Jillian Pikora The world recently lost an amazing man (among many great losses this year), who has influenced the lives of many. I never thought an old Jewish man would be so influential to this Muslim woman’s life, especially since I first learned about him when I was a Catholic girl. Before I stumbled [Read More…]

Interfaith Respect: Better Understanding Other Faiths (and Our Own) Through Scriptural Reading

By Maha Elgenaidi I recently attended and spoke at one of Pacifica Institute’s interfaith iftars, held at a major synagogue in the Bay Area that opened its doors to celebrate with Muslims the month of Ramadan. The event was packed, as these events usually are, with congregants both from the synagogue and neighboring churches and [Read More…]

In the Battle Against Islamophobia, We Must Stand with Interfaith Partners

By Maha Elgenaidi If anyone doubts the strength of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., a poll taken last week by YouGov  should settle the issue. It revealed that 51 percent of Americans support a presidential candidate’s proposal to bar all Muslims (except U.S. citizens) from entering the U.S., while a solid plurality (45 percent) support [Read More…]