Faith Community Activities-2018

 

Wednesday, January 31
7 PM
Winnetka Congregational Church
Centennial Room

Join Go Green Winnetka for a screening of From The Ashes.

From the Ashes is a documentary that underscores the coal industry, one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States. The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. For more information, please visit fromtheashesfilm.com.

 


 COMING TOGETHER IN SKOKIE AND NILES TOWNSHIP CELEBRATES MUSLIM-AMERICAN CULTURES

Throughout February, March and April

Attend a wide variety of discussions, presentations, performances and films that explore Muslim American identity and culture. Complete list of programs at their website: http://comingtogether.in/

OPENING CEREMONY: CELEBRATING MUSLIM AMERICAN CULTURES
12:00 PM: REFRESHMENTS, DEMONSTRATIONS & ART GALLERY
1:00 PM: Program in Auditorium
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018
NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL,
701 OAKTON STREET, SKOKIE, IL 60077

Celebrate this year’s Coming Together Opening Ceremony featuring Muslim-American cultures. There will be ebru art, calligraphy and henna demonstrations, an art gallery and refreshments, followed by a wonderful program featuring Quran and Nasheed recitations, spoken word poetry, hip hop emcee, and much more. The emcee for the event is NBC5 Chicago’s Ash-har Quraishi. Free and open to the public. Salat (prayer) room arrangements will be available.


ENGAGE FOR CHANGE – AN INTERFAITH DISCUSSION
ON GUN VIOLENCE CONTROL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2018
7:00 PM
MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER,
8601 MENARD AVE, MORTON GROVE, IL 60053

Solution-based discussions and motivational speakers to give hope for “next steps”. Speakers: Tamar Manasseh, founder of Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (MASK); Shamar Hemphill, Community Organizer at IMAN; and Pastor Daniel Ruen from Grace Lutheran Church in Skokie. Free and open to the public. RSVP to mccinterfatihteam@gmail.com.

 


UNDERSTANDING MUSLIMS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
12:30 PM
Mather’s More Than a Cafe (Norwood Park)
7134 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago, IL 60656

Learn more about the religion of Islam and the Muslim community in the United States, especially in the Chicago area. Samina Hussain explains some of the fundamental beliefs and values of Muslims and the work she is doing with the Muslim Community Center to promote interfaith friendship and cooperation while fighting racism and bigotry. Get answers to your questions. RVSP to rubyzaq@hotmail.com if you wish to attend as space is limited.


IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
IMPACT AND RESPONSE TO THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Thursday, February 8
6:00-8:30 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

Admission is free.  Reservations required.

The international efforts and responses to the genocide of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar (formerly Burma), raises challenging questions. Facing increasing persecution, escalating violence, forced statelessness, and innumerable restrictions at the hands of the state, the Rohingya have experienced ongoing atrocities.  Join us for a thought-provoking discussion to understand the crisis, its impact, and learn what we can do – here in the United States – to ensure the Rohingya people can live with health, safety and dignity.  Register at https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/home-page/programs/events/


HALAL: CLEAN EATING, CONSCIOUS LIVING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018
7:00 PM
NILES-MAINE DISTRICT LIBRARY
6960 W. OAKTON STREET, NILES, IL 60714

This presentation by cookbook author, Yvonne Maffei, will showcase halal food/cooking. She will talk about the topic of halal and give a holistic overview of how Muslims approach food and eating from a practical to a spiritual side. There will be a no-cook food demonstration at the end.


INTERSECTIONALITY: HOW RACE, GENDER, AND SOCIAL CLASS AFFECT INVOLVEMENT IN THE MUSLIM-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018
1PM – 4 PM
MUSLIM EDUCATION CENTER
8601 MENARD AVE, MORTON GROVE, IL 60053 

The MCC Interfaith & Outreach Committee invites you to celebrate Black History Month with a thought-provoking presentation and discussion.  Esteemed speakers, Tariq El-Amin (Imam at Masjid Al-Taqwa and host of Radio Islam), Aisha El-Amin (Associate Provost and Chief of Staff at UIC), and Bashirah Mack (Social Media Coordinator for Sapelo Square: An online resource on Black Muslims in the United States), will share their insights on how race, gender and social class affect involvement within the Muslim-American community.  To RSVP, email mccinterfaithteam@gmail.com.


 


 



PAST EVENTS:

Morton Grove Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Around 200 people attended Morton Grove’s 53rd Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Muslim Education Center on the evening of Nov 23. This yearly event is co-hosted by various Morton Grove churches and the mosque. Various faiths come together to say prayers of thanks and to build connection while enjoying delicious refreshments. Please check out the you tube video of the event and some pictures on our Facebook page. Thank you to all guests for making it a truly amazing gathering.

https://www.facebook.com/events/308216972919152/


Niles Township Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

On November 21, Tuesday evening, about 300 people filled up the St Peter’s United Church of Christ in Skokie to the brim to celebrate the Thanksgiving, Unity and Diversity. Hafiz Ikhlas recited And translated a Surah. Br Kareem Irfan was the guest speaker who spoke very passionately & eloquently about Diversity, respect and to be always truthful from Islamic perspective. He got standing ovations. Hafiz Ikhlas distributed his book “Islam- brief introduction of History and Faith.

 

 

 

 

 


New Trier Multifaith Alliance Thanksgiving Service

On Tuesday, November 21 New Trier Multi- Faith Alliance held an amazing interfaith service at the Winnetka Covenant Church. There were around 200 people in attendance. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rami Nashashibi, who is the Executive Director of the Inner-city Muslim Action Network. Dr. Rami Nashashibi recently just won the 2017 MacArthur “Genius Grant”. Overall the event was a great learning experience for all who attended.


ABOUT DR. RAMI NASHASHIBI

Dr. Nashashibi has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues. In 2014, the Center for American Progress profiled Rami as one of the “14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014.” He was also named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Previously, Chicago Public Radio selected him as one of the “Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries.”

Dr. Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its founding in 1997. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is a Visiting Professor of Sociology of Religion & Muslim Studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marabel and Saskia Sassen.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 March 5, 2017

Keeping Faith:Three Sisters of Story

In these difficult and dark times, let the power of storytelling illuminate our hearts.
Three exceptional storytellers will share stories from
their own faiths — Muslim, Christian, and Jewish — to transcend differences through shared belief
in the power of compassion. Come bask in the luminous light.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
3:30 p.m. at Temple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road, Northfield



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Status of Women: Have We Come Far Enough? What Do the Sacred Texts Teach?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road
(Corner of Hibbard and Illinois)
Wilmette, IL 60091
847.446.4300

Moderator:
Dr. Thomas Mockaitis
Professor of History
DePaul University, Chicago

Speakers:
Ms. S. Valerie Dana, J.D.
Elected Member
National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’ís

Ms. Hind Makki
Interfaith Educator, Author
Muslim Community Center, Chicago

Rev. Heath Howe
Pastoral Associate
Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth
Rabbi Emily Segal
Associate Rabbi
Temple Jeremiah, Northfield

All are welcome to attend this FREE event.
Organized by the Interfaith Understanding
Committee of the New Trier Multifaith Alliance
(formerly Winnetka Interfaith Council)
http://www.NTMAlliance.org



THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

Winnetka Congregational Church
Mustafa Akyol speaks and converses with us at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
He is the author of “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty,” and the recently published “The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.”
For more information about our guest, go to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustafa_Akyol

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