September 2021 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:

  • Bystander Intervention Training September 18th from 10 am — 11:30 am PT/ 12 pm — 1:30 pm CT/ 1 pm — 2:30 pm ET. (Register Here)
  • Allyship as an Active Way of Life Thursday, October 21, 2021, 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM Learn a framework for allyship as an active way of life that uses bridge-building to ensure equality, opportunity & inclusion for everyone. (Register Here)
  • Next Faith Over Fear training will be October 26–29 Tuesday-Friday 3–4:30pm ET (Registration Now Open)
  • Watch the recording of our public conversation with Imam Khalid Latif: Multifaith Solidarity: 20 Years Since 9/11 on Youtube or our website
  • Shoulder to Shoulder co-signed on this congressional resolution: “U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced a Congressional Resolution today acknowledging the hate, discrimination, racism, and xenophobia that Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Sikh communities across America continue to experience two decades after the September 11 attack. The lawmakers also acknowledge that individuals were targeted by the government on account of their faith, race, national origin, and immigration status. Additionally, they outline specific forms of relief to support those affected.” Jayapal, Omar, Tlaib, and Chu Introduce September 11 Congressional Resolution — Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Resources & Upcoming Opportunities shared from various partners, friends, and leaders in the field:

If there’s something you’d like to see added in future resource roundups, please let us know!

  • Apply now for the next Interfaith Center of New York’s Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy. The Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy is open to clergy members, lay leaders, and faith-based activists from all religious communities (including secular humanist congregations) in and around New York City. We will work with 15 fellows in the 2021–2022 Leadership Academy. Applications due Sept 20. https://interfaithcenter.org/icla/
  • Social Justice Accelerator (SJA) is now accepting applications for their second cohort of visionary leaders. Do you see a problem no one else has tackled? Do you have a solution no one else has tried? Over the last 40 years, the Urban Justice Center has mentored dozens of passionate advocates as they take their vision from “great idea” to “groundbreaking nonprofit.” In 2022, we’ll be bringing five new Projects into the SJA fold, where they will receive mentorship, guidance, a community of experts, and a wide-array of backend supports — all designed to clear the red tape and let them do the work they do best. Applications will be accepted until December 1st, 2021.

Events

  • Minnesota Multifaith Network is offering a two-part online series, “In a Time Such as This: The urgent need for building stronger multifaith communities in Minnesota.October 7 & 13, 10am-12pm All faith leaders, people devoted to interfaith relationships, and everyone committed to the flourishing of all communities in Minnesota are welcome. Registration is required and tickets are free (or free will donation). Register online for both dates, or one, by visiting https://mninatimesuchasthis.eventbrite.com
  • Interreligious dialogue and Racism Webinar (Rossing Center) October 20th 1–2:30 pm ET : conversation on interreligious dialogue and racism with some of the leading scholars and figures in the interreligious world! We will look at how racism can affect interreligious dialogue itself and how dialogue can combat racism. Do not miss this important and interesting webinar organized by the Rossing Center. Speakers: Prof. Marc Gopin- Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; Prof. Azza Karam- Secretary General of Religions for Peace; Hector Ferrer, PhD Candidate- Associate Director of the Center for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethnics at the Institute for Christian Studies | Register https://rossingcenter.org/interreligious-dialogue-and-racism/
  • Sounds of Faith, a musical interfaith collaborative with the Interreligious Institute, The Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) and American Islamic College presents a live event on October 24 at 3pm CT, both in-person at AIC and live-streamed! Register Here
  • 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 You will be introduced to the core concepts of the Practice of Authentic Allyship, be inspired by powerful stories from experienced allies and from BIPOC clergy and activists leading their communities’ struggles towards justice, receive resources for further study, get connected to like-minded people in your area, and receive support in planning your next steps.
  • Join Service Never Sleeps for their 2nd annual Allyship Summit: Maintaining Our Momentum on October 27–28, 2021, 1–5pm ET. Throughout two days of programming, Summit attendees will gain an understanding of SNS’ Allyship principles, engage in training on how to effect social change, and connect with local and national leaders committed to social justice. More information, including registration information and a tentative schedule, can be found at: serviceneversleeps.org/allyship-summit
  • Hagar as a model of faith: A Jewish and Muslim perspective. Virtual Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 pm — 8 pm ET. Dr. Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and Dr. Hossein Kamaly, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, will explore the role of Hagar within the Abraham narrative in this free webinar. This event is part of a series related to Abraham: Out of One, Many, an exhibition cosponsored by Hartford Seminary and the Mandell JCC, in partnership with the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and First Church West Hartford/John P. Webster Library. Register Here

Toolkits/Online Courses

A growing list of Editorials from our Network members

  • Muslims, Christians, Jews and others must walk forward together: A 9/11 message | NY Daily News, By Debbie Almontaser, Antonios Kireopoulos, Burton Visotzky
  • “Though Judaism and Islam combined only make up about 3% of the U.S. population, nearly 80% of hate crimes with religious bias target Jews and Muslims. We believe: No one should fear for their safety because of the color of their skin, what language they speak, or how they pray. Tri-Faith fights for religious freedom in the face of scapegoating and fear, while making spaces for meaningful connection across differences.” http://ow.ly/IRmR50G7OkU
  • “Amid the anguish and confusion of that day, a particular act of goodwill in Omaha stood tall: On 9/11, Rabbi Aryeh Azriel and about 20 members of Temple Israel went to the mosque near 73rd and Pinkney Streets to ward off possible vandalism. The mosque and the temple already had a positive relationship, and the gesture of solidarity on that frightening day helped build an interfaith friendship.” Editorial: On the 9/11 anniversary, it is a time for remembrance and healing
  • “Knowing of the reality of Islamophobia, the increase of hate crimes against Asian Americans, anti-Semitism and racism, as well as anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment, please take intentional, peaceful steps to support your neighbors from all faith traditions on Sept. 11, 2021 — and every day. Let us commit ourselves to building relationships across our differences and to working together for a more just and loving world.” To mark 9/11, reach out, reject hate

A closing note to ponder:

A quote often attributed to Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor.

Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

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