This Sunday, October 2, the American Muslim Voice Foundation is organizing the inaugural “National Invite your Neighbors to Dinner Day”, with the aim of fostering mutual respect and community from the ground up.
Our friends at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue are looking for emerging religious and ethical thinkers to contribute to their State of Formation forum. Nominate yourself or someone you know by Oct. 15.
Last Tuesday, Rabbi Or Rose, who directs the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, wrote in the Huffington Post about formulating a shared vision for interreligious cooperation. Groundswell, Hebrew College, Religions for Peace USA, and Andover Newton Theological School have teamed up to write a Pledge for a More Perfect Union which we invite you to read in its entirety and sign.
Groundswell Director Valarie Kaur responds to New York Times columnist David Brooks with a letter to the editor on morality and America's youth.
I'm writing tonight from Mesa, Arizona, where a family friend was murdered ten years ago. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi. He was a turbaned Sikh man who owned his own gas station and was well-loved for his generosity and broad smile.
United for Change and Zeytuna College host a landmark conference that synchronizes beautifully with the Groundswell mission TOMORROW in Washington DC on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary.
Today is the start of the 9/11 Ribbons of Hope display in Battery Park, New York City. We've been collecting ribbons from all over the country this summer with messages of hope, renewal, and healing. The Fresno State University (CA) Muslim Students Association share their ribbon event with us here.
Ten years ago, on 9/11, we knew who we were. Americans were the people who cried together and shoveled rubble together. We were the strangers who became neighbors. We were the citizens who lined up in New York City to give blood even when it became clear that there were no survivors to receive it. We showed up, just as people showed up after Hurricane Katrina to lend a hand and rebuild.
An overflow crowd braved pouring rain to attend Groundswell's first major public event on Tuesday, September 6th 2011 in New York City at the WNYC Greene Space. Please find below video clips of Groundswell Director Valarie Kaur, social innovator and technologist Ari Wallach, social movement wave theorist Beth Zemsky, and Professor Hussein Rashid discussing the need and potential for a new justice movement fueled by moral calling.
On September 15, 2001, I received an email from my close friend and Stanford classmate Valarie Kaur, an email that would launch us both into a whirlwind over the subsequent decade .. A Sikh man in Arizona had just been shot. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi, he owned a gas station in Mesa, and someone drove up and shot him because he was wearing a turban on his head and they thought that made him a terrorist.
Join Muslim community leaders and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. James Lawson in the San Francisco Bay Area to honor 9/11 victims, their families and first responders this Sunday.
We’re hungry for a movement. Here in the U.S., a rising generation is finding brave new ways to channel moral vision into action: we’re marching in the streets for immigration reform, holding the banner of marriage equality, pushing back on anti-Muslim rhetoric, and demanding an end to partisan politics.
With tensions mounting between the U.S. and the Muslim world, integrating newcomers from those countries raises a whole set of sensitivities and challenges. This September 11th, host a screening of “Hawo’s Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality."