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April 2022

Introducing ICJS Insights

Welcome to our revamped and refreshed monthly e-newsletter, ICJS Insights. We’ve got a new name and a new look to reflect the update of our ICJS website we unveiled last fall. Our goal is to let you know in a fast read the breadth of our programming so you can participate as much as you are able. We will also feature Voices, essays from our fellows and staff, as well as a new feature, Staff Picks, where we will share timely and insightful interreligious resources. 

We have a busy spring ahead, with our course on Muslim prayer, a conversation with Martin Buber's biographer, an update on Christian Nationalism, and a special gathering for chaplains. We hope you can join us.


In This Issue..


Exploring Muslim Prayer with Zeyneb Sayilgan

ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan will lead an exploration of salat, the practice of prayer Muslims carry out five times each day, no matter where they are: home, work or mosque. The course will explore prayer through the study of Islamic texts, the Qur'an and Hadith, and will consider the challenges Muslims in America face as they practice their faith in the midst of rising Islamophobia.

Mondays, May 4, 11, and 14, 2022
In person at ICJS: 10 AM-Noon
Online: 7-8:30 PM EDT


Ben Sax Speaks with Buber Biographer Paul Mendes-Flohr

As a companion to his recent course on Martin Buber, ICJS Jewish Scholar Ben Sax will lead a conversation with his friend and mentor, Paul Mendes-Flohr, on his definitive biography, Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Noon–1 PM EDT Via Zoom
Free—Register Today!


Calling All Chaplains: How Can ICJS Support You?

ICJS is holding an event open to chaplains working in secular institutions, including health care, prisons, education, and military. We would like to get to know you and the work you are doing in Maryland, and find ways ICJS can support you as you continue to serve people from across religious traditions.

May 19, 2022, 3–5 PM
In person at ICJS Library


The Jan. 6th Capitol Riot & the Crisis in Christian Identity

Lecture by Matthew D. Taylor, ICJS Protestant Scholar

Online event
May 17, 2022, Noon-1 PM

Following up on his course, The Roots and Reality of Christian Nationalism, Dr. Taylor will address recent developments in this growing movement that played such a key role in the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, and continues to assert its religious and political agenda

Summer Teachers Institute

Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22, 2022
In person at ICJS

Educators need the knowledge and confidence to engage in important conversations and teaching around religion with their students, free from fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. The Summer Teachers Institute will gather secondary school educators across public, independent, and religious schools for cross-curricular to learning about religious issues.



Faith Through a New Lens

Angela Cava, ICJS Communications and Development Associate

Evana Upshaw recently attended the ICJS economic justice course as a class requirement. What started out as a simple assignment became a rich opportunity for her to engage in interreligious dialogue. 

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A Journey Toward Interreligious Appreciation

Jon Meyer, ICJS Congregational Fellow

Jon’s interreligious story began before he was even born. He was born into a Christian family that has Jewish heritage, and he feels a deep connection with both parts of his identity. He reflects on his path toward becoming Catholic and his feelings about Catholicism’s evolving view of Judaism and Islam. 

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Recap | Recovered Voices

In a Special Event with the ICJS and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), James Conlon discussed his mission to revive and restore the music of composers suppressed by the Nazi regime that has been underperformed, underappreciated, and under-recorded for far too long. Mr. Conlon serves as Artistic Advisor at the BSO. 

Watch Highlights

Spotlight | Fatimah Fanusie Speaks at Princeton University

Fatimah Fanusie, PhD, ICJS Program Director for Justice Leaders, spoke at an event for Princeton University's Muslim Life Program. She discussed Imam W. Deen Mohammed's effort to establish the Committee to Remove All Images that Attempt to Portray the Divine (CRAID) movement. Fatimah begins speaking at 22:07. 

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Volunteer Opportunity | Librarian needed

We’re looking for a trained librarian to help us catalog and shelve new additions to the ICJS Library. During the pandemic, we continued to acquire books, but were not able to add them to the system, so there is much to do! The library uses the Open-Source Automated Library System (OPALS). After receiving a library orientation from Ben Sax, ICJS Jewish Scholar, volunteers can set their own schedule. Contact info@icjs.org if you are interested or would like more information.

Staff Pick | Five Times a Day

This short, 4-minute video by filmmaker Maryam Mir, recommended by ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar and Executive Director Heather Miller Rubens, chronicles a Muslim food cart vendor in New York City as he prays beside his cart. It presents prayer as normal, mundane, sometimes frustratingly inconvenient amid the cacophony of metropolitan life, and at the same time a beautiful act of faith.

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About Us 

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) works to dismantle religious bias and bigotry to foster an interreligious society in which dialogue replaces division, friendship overcomes fear, and education eradicates ignorance. Through courses, fellowships, online events, and scholarship initiatives, ICJS builds learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good. ICJS is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization.


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