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:
- Addressing the anti-CRT Movement: A Panel Discussion held on Thu, Sep 22, 2022 1:00 PM Watch on Facebook or Youtube
- Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation invites you to learn + mobilize for religious freedom and democracy, Reimagining Religious Freedom: Rights, Responsibilities, Respect, October 27–29. Shoulder to Shoulder is a proud sponsor of this event.
- Are you a CRC or RCA Leader? Join us for Resetting the Table — Building a Culture of Dialogue Workshop for Faith Leaders with the RCA & CRC. Feb 8 and 15th. https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?e=__test_email__&u=3236cc0de9744c19c465743 d9&id=bf5ee4eea0
Resources & Upcoming Opportunities — Shared and copy/pasted from various partners and friends:
- Global Interfaith Compassion Challenge. Starts Sep 11, 2022! Starting September 11, join Tri-Faith Omaha for a global 21-day Interfaith Compassion Challenge!
- Praying and Learning Together: An Interfaith Perspective on Immigration. September 27, 2022–7:00–8:15 p.m. Columbus, Ohio and streamed live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CapitalCFL. For more information, contact the Catholic Diocese of Columbus Office for Social Concerns, 614–241–2540 email@example.com. For more information and resources on immigration issues contact ELCA-AMMPARO, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Realizing Justice for All by the Sikh Coalition being held virtually on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET. This virtual conference is an opportunity for legal professionals and law students to connect and gain three hours (3.0) of CLE General or Elimination of Bias credits (depending on your state) while learning about the core civil rights issues facing Sikhs and other minority groups.
- Christian Nationalism is On The Ballot in 2022. Wed Sept 28 10am ET. Join incoming president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance, the Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, for a briefing on the threat that Christian nationalism poses to our democratic institutions ahead of the midterm elections. Leading experts on the history of Christian nationalism, religious pluralism, movement organizing, and voter engagement will examine what’s at stake for people of all faiths and none as this anti-democratic ideology gains political and cultural force. Virtual (https://bit.ly/3UeFXyi) and in Person (https://bit.ly/3REUPnU).
- Online Lecture: Autumn’s Diverse Religious Holidays & How They Are Celebrated Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about celebrating religious holidays. Register here
- Minnesota Council of Churches Training on Bridging the Political Divide Thurs, October 6 & Thurs, October 13 In order to equip faith leaders with tools that can help establish a norm against violence in our communities and spheres of influence, Minnesota Council of Churches is partnering with peacebuilding NGOs to bring their trainings to Minnesota. In October MCC is inviting in Resetting the Table, led by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, whose character-based approach differs from MCC Respectful Conversations, for two three-hour workshops meant to be experienced in series. The workshops, both delivered online to an exclusive audience of Minnesota faith leaders, will occupy the afternoons of October 6 and 13. Please contact Rev. Jerad Morey, at email@example.com to sign up or with your questions.
- Neuroscience Of Implicit Bias Conference — Thursday, October 13 starting at 8:00am central time. It will be held in person on Lutheran School of Theology Chicago’s campus and offered via Zoom. Register Here
- American Muslims at a Crossroads: Navigating Identity in an Interreligious World. Manekin-Clark Lecture 2022 with Dalia Mogahed Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 register for virtual or in person
- 2022 Service Never Sleeps Allyship Summit theme is ‘What Does it Mean to Be Black-Led?’ and will take place virtually on October 26 & October 27 from 1–5pm EST! Find community with other allies and register now at https://bit.ly/3pIOwmG!
- 2022–2023 annual lecture series at the Center for Security, Race and Rights (CSRR) will interrogate Race, Security and Empire through an interdisciplinary lens.
- Christian Nationalism in America: Its History and Resurgence- November 3, 12:00–1:10pm. Charles Gallagher, author of the acclaimed book Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten History of the Christian Front, will summarize the history of the Christian Front and other explicitly Christian nationalist groups and discuss their influence on today’s far-right movements. Event Sponsor: Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies, UST Department of Theology, Center for the Common Good, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University, Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota LEARN MORE.
- From Dialogue to Action: Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Annual Conference Nov 12–13 Virtual and in Person. https://sosspeace.org/2022-annual-conference/
- Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is thrilled to announce our upcoming Building Bridges International Trip to Morocco! Save the Date: February 20th — 28th, 2022
- Certificate in Interfaith Leadership course with Interfaith America
- South Asian Network: https://southasiannetwork.org/careers/
- HEART’s current Development job opening and share with anyone you know who is qualified and may be interested!
- Family and Youth Institute (The FYI) is an innovative 501(c)3 not-for-profit mental health research and education institute dedicated to strengthening Muslim American individuals, families, and communities. With an increasing demand for its research output and community education offerings, The FYI is growing rapidly and we are hiring! All positions are remote/flexible and for U.S. based residents. Job descriptions can be viewed at https://www.thefyi.org/careers Please send resume and cover letter along with references to jobs@TheFYI.org
- Over Zero and Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground USA are currently hiring for several programmatic positions to support our joint State Resilience project. The project aims to empower diverse civil society stakeholders with strengthened relationships, skills, and tools to collaboratively prevent rising tensions and political and electoral crises. Beginning in two states (one run by each organization), with the possibility of expansion into multiple states, these state-level networks will be built and scaled through 2025. We’re looking to hire a team of collaborative, self-starting, and creative problem-solvers. Ideally, candidates have significant experience in program management and implementation, cultivation of partnerships, and as well as an understanding and appreciation of the dynamics and potential complexity of working with diverse leaders from across a variety of sectors. Over Zero — Program Director, State Resilience Common Ground USA — Senior Manager, State Resilience and Program Manager, State Resilience
- HEART Women and Girls are hiring our next Director of Development. Bitly link: https://bit.ly/workatHEART
- Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy Applications from Faith Leaders due by October 23. ICNY’s Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy gives diverse religious leaders the tools they need to make a difference. Learn more and apply.
- National Council of Churches is continuing to accept submissions for our Director of Communications position. If you know someone who might be interested, please have them take a look at the full job description on our website at https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/ncc-seeks-a-director-of-communications/
- SALDEF is a national Sikh American impact organization focused on building leadership and capacity in the Sikh American community. Our mission is to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans. We are looking for experienced and dynamic candidates to fill the positions of Media Relations Manager, Program Associate, Media and Communications Associate, and Program/Policy Associate. Candidates applying must be able to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and have a passion for working towards the strengthening of the Sikh American community. If you want to join us on our journey and be part of something truly incredible, rewarding and exciting, apply now!
- Fund Development Coordinator! Islamic Society of North America. Visit isna.net/careers to learn more!
- BJC for Religious Liberty Interns work alongside our staff in our Capitol Hill office, where they receive experience in legal and legislative advocacy, communications, education, mobilization and development. There is ample opportunity to explore interests and cultivate skills through writing, conducting research, engaging in multimedia projects, and assisting with coalition work and advocacy outreach. Click here to learn more!
- Interfaith Calendar for Fall through Summer 2023 from the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington. https://ifcmw.org/2021-2022-interfaith-calendar-descriptions/
- Foundations of Interfaith Leadership LIVE is now accepting registrants! This course, offered in partnership with Interfaith Philadelphia, presents an opportunity to learn and practice the basics of interfaith leadership in community with other aspiring interfaith leaders through independent learning paired with six live, facilitated skill-building sessions. Completing the course will net you a Certificate in Interfaith Leadership, demonstrating your mastery of essential interfaith leadership knowledge and skills.
- Muslim Abolitionist Futures Network, Muslim Anti-Racism Collective and others, launch “Abolitionist v. Reforms Policy Tool.”
- Confronting Liberal Islamophobia | ACS by Sahar Aziz
- Six Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List, curated by the Aspen Institute’s Religion and Society program. (There may be a chill in the air, but summer isn’t officially over until September 22!)
- Encore: How bias against Muslims is changing in America, 20 years after 9/1. Under The Radar addresses the systemic and structural racism towards Muslims that has long been present in the United States in an edition commemorating the 20th-anniversary last year. Listen here
- With another Sept. 11 passed, let’s dedicate ourselves to faith without fear in Kansas and world by Inas Younis
Emergent Strategy by adrienne marie brown
Ursula Le Guin recently said, “It’s up to authors to spark the imagination of their readers and to help them envision alternatives to how we live.”
I agree with her. As Toni Cade Bambara has taught us, we must make just and liberated futures irresistible. We are all the protagonists of what might be called the great turning, the change, the new economy, the new world.
And I think it is healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it. That’s how I work as a healer; when a body is between my hands, I let wholeness pour through. We are all healers too–we are creating possibilities, because we are seeing a future full of wholeness. (p19)