Understanding Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: A Campus Dialogue

Tonight we will be having an interfaith discussion pertaining to the issues of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. These prejudice ideas have existed for a while not only in the United States but also all around the world. In recent years our society has been doing a better job to move past these intolerances and come together. Join us in an interfaith dialogue as we discuss what Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism really are and how we can move past them together.

When: November 4th at 6 PM

Where: University YMCA

Hosted by Interfaith in Action, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Illini Hillel, University YMCA, University Housing, and Diversity & Social Justice Education.

Responsibility and Forgiveness: A Post Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha Interfaith Dialogue

Join us for a Post-Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha interfaith dialogue! We will be discussing what it means to come together from different faiths and backgrounds to work for the “greater good” of society. As many of us might know, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur will be coinciding with each other this year. Both of these holidays reflect upon responsibility, sacrifice, and the greater good of the world. Food will be served and everyone is welcome!

Tuesday October 7th at 7 P.M.

University YMCA Murphy Lounge

1001 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61820

 

PRESS RELEASE: Campus Groups Coming Together for Interfaith Service Project on 9/11

Campus Groups Coming Together for Interfaith Service Project on 9/11

Goal of packaging 10,000 meals for local hunger on National Day of Service and Remembrance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Champaign-Urbana, IL – Campus student groups will come together on September 11th for an interfaith service project with a goal of packaging more than 10,000 meals to fight local hunger.

Students will gather at 6:30 pm at the Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation on campus to begin packaging meals and will participate in an interfaith dialogue when the project is complete.

“The reason we are organizing this event on September 11th is to look back on how 11 years ago religious intolerance lead to a horrible tragedy in American history and how misguided emotions and a lack of interfaith literacy led to discrimination, hate crimes, and other atrocities in its wake. It is only when we come together for the common good that we can stop moments like this from ever happening again,” said Masood Haque, a University of Illinois junior and a core organizer of the event.

Adham Salhoul, Interfaith in Action President and sophomore at the University added: “The significance of a food packaging event on 9/11 is found in the symbolic presence of the values of the religious and non-religious people involved. Values such as giving and the importance of community health are values that transcend all differences as American citizens, and are the catalyst to our nation’s rebuilding. At the commemoration of the tragedy that our nation experienced, we remember that out of many, we are one.”

The campus student group Interfaith in Action is leading the event, which is co-sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, Illini Hillel, and the Sikh Students Association. The meal packaging project is being facilitated through a partnership with Illini Fighting Hunger and the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs.

For more information, contact Masood Haque (masood@uiucinterfaith.org, 630-397-1396) or Adham Salhoul (adham@uiucinterfaith.org, 708-655-1150) or visit www.uiucinterfaith.org.

Download the press release here [PDF]

Join DiversityEd at screening of “The Infidel”

DiversityEd Welcome Week Event

“The Infidel” Interfaith Film Screening & Discussion

With a Make-Your-Own Cupcake Station!

Tuesday, September 4th at 8pm

Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl

“The Infidel” is an identity crisis comedy centered on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth Muslim who discovers that he’s adopted – and Jewish. Join us for this funny and insightful film to kick-off the school year! Plus, decorate your own cupcakes! See the trailer at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1424003/ Co-sponsored by DiversityEd, Muslim Students Association, Hillel, and Interfaith In Action.

View Screening Flyer

Media Coverage of the Interfaith Vigil of Rememberance and Solidarity with Oak Creek and Joplin

We would like to thank everyone who was able to make it out to the vigil last week. It truly means a great deal that you were able to take a moment out of your busy day to remember the atrocious tragedies that occurred. We also would like to thank all the media sources who came out to cover our story.

Here is a story that aired on WICD ABC News Channel 15: http://www.wicd15.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wicd_vid_5657.shtml

The News-Gazette also covered the event: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/people/2012-08-10/vigil-held-students-killed-wisconsin-mosque-burning-missouri.html

We were also featured on WILL AM 580: http://will.illinois.edu/news/spotstory/interfaith-vigil-held-following-temple-shooting-mosque-fire/

Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance and Solidarity with Oak Creek and Joplin

Thursday, August 9

5:30 PM

University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St.)

continuing on to corner of Green St and Wright St

 

In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a gunman opened fire at a Sikh gurdwara, killing 6 people and injuring 3 others during Sunday services. On Monday, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned for a second time in two months. This vigil is an attempt to bring together members of the Champaign-Urbana community to remember the victims of this violence and stand together in solidarity against acts of domestic terrorism and intolerance. The vigil will begin at University YMCA (1001 S. Wright St.) at 5:30pm and continue to Alma Mater space at Green and Wright concluding with a speak out and moment of silence. This event is co-sponsored by the Sikh Student Association, DiversityEd, Interfaith in Action, Baha’I Center, Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, Women’s Resources Center, and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. For more information, contact Masood at Masood@uiucinterfaith.org.

(photo from teq)

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign