At ICJS, we believe that difference is a powerful force for good—and that engaging religious difference is both necessary and transformative. As a country, we say we value religious freedom and pluralism, but how and where do we learn about our religious differences?
One such place is the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, whose mission centers on building trust, respect, and relationships between Muslim and Jewish women. ICJS first partnered with the Sisterhood when the group worked with Protestant Scholar Matt Taylor as the Sisterhood considered expanding their outreach, relationship-building, and social action work to include Evangelical Christians.
We’re pleased to be partnering with the Sisterhood for a film discussion of “Stranger/Sister” with Sisterhood cofounders Atiya Aftab and Sheryl Olitsky. The film (registrants receive a private link for a pre-launch viewing) documents the story of ordinary women who dare to believe they can overcome a long history of distrust between Jews and Muslims to build a movement that turns strangers into sisters. We hope you will join us tomorrow for this important discussion and small-group dialogue opportunity facilitated by members of the Sisterhood and film teams.
Jews, Christians Can Learn From Their Shared Scriptures, Say Scholars
"'The journey to a deeper understanding of sacred texts does not require 'coming to some sort of lowest common denominator of religion,'' said [Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt Divinity School].
“'We don’t want people to give up their own particular religious beliefs on an altar of interfaith sensitivity,' she said.
"'Rather,' said Levine, 'we want them to be able to listen to their neighbors and say, ‘Oh, now I understand how you got there, even though I may not agree with you. Now, how can we work together?’'"
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How Americans Can Address Christian Nationalism in Their Congregations and Communities
“'Christian nationalism gave that white working class a kind of transcendent ideology to latch onto,' [said Jennifer Herdt, a professor and associate dean at Yale Divinity School]. 'Now, it’s up to pastors to 're-narrate' that story....
“'This has to be done carefully. If a leader starts to sound patronizing that will backfire,' Herdt said, adding that it’s critical not to shame and alienate Christian nationalists in our congregations, workplaces or even our homes..."
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American Muslims to Hold Conversation with Dr. Fauci
"On Thursday, February 11,...the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) and more than 120 other partner organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), [hosted] a virtual meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci....
"Dr. Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq, Dr. Shereef Elnahaal and AMHP's President, Dr. Hasan Shanawani join[ed] Dr. Fauci to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and address the pressing questions of the community...."
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