October Resource Roundup
Our monthly Shoulder to Shoulder Community & Congregational Network Call is an opportunity to convene and connect with interfaith and community organizations and leaders throughout the country who are, in some capacity, addressing anti-Muslim discrimination in the U.S. In our meetings, members share resources, problem solve, and reflect on this important work. The notes below are a selection of public resources and events shared by network members and our various partners and friends. If you’re interested in learning more about our S2S Community Network, contact us and/or check out our website.
S2S Programmatic Updates:
- Allyship as an Active Way of Life presented by Whitney Parnell from Service Never Sleeps Thursday, October 21, 2021, 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM — 40 participants learned a framework for allyship as an active way of life that uses bridge-building to ensure equality, opportunity & inclusion for everyone. This program was not recorded but you can learn more about Whitney and her organization at Service Never Sleeps and contact us if you’re looking for any additional resources
- Shoulder to Shoulder is currently hosting our final 2021 Faith Over Fear training this week, October 26–29th.
- Nina Fernando represented Shoulder to Shoulder alongside partners from the Al Amana Centre, The Kaufman Institute, and Interfaith Photovoice on a panel at the Parliament of World Religions on building compassion one photo at a time through Interfaith Photovoice, a method that involves using photographs as a prompt for intentional interfaith dialogue. https://interfaithphotovoice.org/topv
Resources & Upcoming Opportunities shared from various partners, friends, and leaders in the field:
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- Sounds of Faith program, October 24 A musical interfaith collaboration https://www.ctschicago.edu/cts-events/sounds-of-faith/
- The Fostering Belonging Individually and Structurally series features three videos and accompanying webinars (Sessions on Oct 14, 21 & 28) on belonging: what it means, what it looks like, and how we can create belonging as individuals with structural impact. Hosted by Welcoming America, the videos feature prominent leaders and experts on fostering belonging in communities. Each video will be accompanied by webinars that are open to the public and will explore how we can combat “othering” in our personal relationships, group interactions, and environment. https://welcomingamerica.org/fostering-belonging-individually-and-structurally-series/
- Introduction to The Practice of Authentic Allyship course (Paths to Understanding) Take the first step on your path to Authentic Allyship and join Terry and Carla on October 26, November 2, and November 9. 7 to 8:30 PM PT. Live on Zoom with no coursework between sessions. Sliding scale options available. Register Here
- Together We Welcome: A National Gathering to Strengthen Support for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants! NOVEMBER 7–11 This event will engage hundreds of faith leaders, community organizers and refugee and asylee leaders as they hear from experts in the field and learn how they can engage in welcoming newcomers. There will be special sessions on supporting Afghan Refugees. Information and registration here.
- Reimagining Religious Freedom: Moving From Education to Advocacy (Nov 11–13.) This program will explore the politics of race and religious freedom by centering African Americans’ experiences on civil rights issues. Participants will hear from scholars, policy advocates, and community leaders who are making invaluable contributions to these critical discussions. This program is designed to encourage participants to think through practical ways to take action on religious freedom issues in their community and context. Participants will engage in small group discussions, a community talkback session and explore opportunities to mobilize on these advocacy issues together. Registration bit.ly/reimaginerf2021
- Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom annual conference November 14, 2021 Join us for a digital conference dedicated to gathering with fellow sisters, developing new skills, learning from renowned experts, and doing your part in creating a just, peaceful, and inclusive world.
Grants and Fellowships
- Crossing Divides is a pilot program giving grants to grassroots groups in Arizona, Mississippi, and Nebraska who are working to resolve conflicts in their communities. The call for proposals is open until December 1st, 2021. Crossing Divides • Kindle Project
- 2022 Solidarity Arts Fellowship program This SoCal-based, 6-month fellowship is for Muslim & Japanese American young adults between 18 and 25 with a desire to build transformative relationships, experience multi-disciplinary arts & healing justice practices, and organize to resist Islamophobia and white supremacy. Accepted fellows gain life-changing relationships that strengthen one’s path and trajectory in challenging cyclical oppression, and nourish one’s commitment to developing possibilities for healing and liberation. All interested applicants must submit their responses BY MONDAY, NOV. 29th, 2021. We encourage early submissions. After the application and online interview process, we anticipate accepting a limited cohort size of 16 people. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScX9Vn1tS0LC85_2QRDVMq2j2ujWMA7C4mXe9QB7lL7MBZnpA/viewform
- Call for Applications: Culture & Narrative Fellowship. “We are currently accepting applications from U.S. based artists and cultural strategists for our 2022 cohort of Culture & Narrative Fellows! We Can Thrive Together is an ambitious call to artists and cultural strategists whose work reimagines cultural realities and rewrites dominant narratives around economic justice. Fellows receive a $15,000 award to assist with the project, expert support and advice from The Opportunity Agenda, and opportunities to connect with a vibrant community of activists, culture workers, and advocates. The Fellowship term begins on Jan. 11, 2022 and ends on June 28, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit: bit.ly/CNFellowship.”
- Preventing and Reducing Conflict and Instability in the United States: Shaping What Comes Next, (by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the U.S. Peace, Justice, and Democracy Working Group). This webinar series focused on the conflict dynamics driving instability, extremism, and toxic polarization, and more importantly, the political and policy changes needed to build a society that is just, secure, and fair for all Americans. https://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/us-peace-justice-democracy-webinar-series
- Interfaith-ish podcast about justice work in rural America with Taneeza Islam from South Dakota Voices for Peace and Leo from Conversations Official. Taneeza is an immigration and human rights lawyer who has spent the last decade in South Dakota, advocating for vulnerable populations and most recently helping share vital public health information during the pandemic. Leo is creating spaces online — and in their hair salon — to engage neighbors in a pluralistic vision for their community based in the small town of Olean, New York. https://soundcloud.com/interfaithish/episode89
- HollaBack! Released a series of videos to help kids know how they can respond when they see someone being bullied.
- This Bridging to Belonging Case Series captures real-world examples of bridging and belonging through writings and podcast interviews. In this series, we analyze a range of breaking moments and bridging opportunities across different scales and contexts, such as schools, movements, governments and communities. They “show and hear” how these concepts play out on the ground. In the case series we hear from leaders implementing the work, and individuals who have experienced the transformation of bridging to create belonging. Each case identifies the breaking dynamic, the bridging action and how it fosters belonging. Bridging and Belonging Case Series