Interfaith Harmony

  Interfaith Harmony  
Embracing our Muslim Neighbors
 

For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we each are free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.

RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS



An extension of the "seeking soul, heart for justice and open spirit" of the Trinity community is our commitment to build bridges with our Muslim neighbors.  

Since the Iranian Revolution and especially since 9/11, Muslims too often have become the feared "Other" in American society. Our mission is to counter the injustice of Islamophobia through mutual trust and respect and living the Golden Rule.

The specific goals of this ministry include:


*  Understand Islam as a faith and a way of life
*  Befriend Muslims in our area
*  Dispel stereotypes and hatred
*  Partner in service


We will offer a range of opportunities for adults, youth and children to get involved.  If you'd like to help, please contact the Interfaith Team.

Lynne Bramlett, Karen Chung, Jane Phillips, Lynn Pieron, MaryAnn Sabelman, Anita Seipp, Rhonda Smith, Jeannie Thomas

COMING AT TRINITY
EXPERIENCE RAMADAN
COMMUNITY EVENTS
INTERFAITH HARMONY IN THE NEWS
LOOKING BACK
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
RECOURCES


 
COMING AT TRINITY

TRINITY READS!  drop-in book discussion
Sunday, June 10, 11:30, Trinity Hall Library


  • Our next book is "What Do Muslims Believe?  The Roots and Realities of Modern Islam" by Ziauddin Sardar. 
  • A quick 110 pages, the book is both a complement to or a replacement for this winter's Islam Fundamentals class addressing:  history and tenants of the faith, Sunni vs. Shia, the role of women, perspectives on Palestine and "the Islam of the terrorists."
  • Available as an e-book through Amazon.  Out of print, but we have about 15 copies available for sharing or keep it for $10.  Get a copy at the back of the Church.

 
EXPERIENCE RAMADAN!

TBD between May 15 - June 15
Local Muslim families or individuals invite you to participate in an “iftar” meal, where they break their daily fast at sunset.  It may be in a home or restaurant or at a mosque or Muslim community center, sometime during the month of Ramadan, depending on your host.

Sign up as individuals, families or groups at  www.ExperienceRamadan.com.  


TRI-FAITH SMALL GROUPS

Trinity is working with a local synagogue and several mosques to start tri-faith small groups (12 people) where Trinity Parishioners and people of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds can meet and develop personal relationships of mutual trust and respect. The new Silicon Valley Daughters of Abraham womens interfaith book club launched on April 25 and Trinity was instrumental in this effort!  


TRI-FAITH SUPPER CLUBS -- Three quarterly gatherings where Trinity Parishioners and people of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds build relationships and also learn more about each other's faiths while enjoying a potluck supper. The groups of 9-12 people will be an even mix of each faith tradition.  Organizers: Lynne Bramlett, Anita Seipp and Rhonda Smith. Sign up here to join or host a group.


DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM interfaith book groups. Trinity co-founded the Silicon Valley (SV) Daughters of Abraham Chapter with members of Etz Chayim in Palo Alto and the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara.  Joining the nationwide network of women's interfaith book clubs, the SV Daughters of Abraham chapter became the second one in California! Contact: Lynne Bramlett. If you would like to help launch or join  a similar group, please let us know.  


COMMUNITY EVENTS


LOOKING BACK

ASK A MUSLIM - Our friends from MCA, Tarek and Nihad Mourad and Lubna Shaikh joined us on
Sunday May 6th to
 share their personal reflections on Ramadan and  answer questions about Islam and Muslims in today's world.  


 
 
  •  "Discover Islam" 4-class series with Tarek Mourad, instructor at the Muslim Community Association.  
    • Islamic Beliefs and Practices
    • The Life of the Prophet
    • The Qur'an
    • Concepts of Social Justice in Islam

Recordings of Tarek Mourad's Classes

We are grateful to Tarek for allowing us to post recordings of his classes.  These recordings are offered here to allow those who are interested in learning more about Islam from a Muslim perspective, but were unable to attend the classes.  Or,  for those who might did attend but would like to revisit the content.  Please note that these recordings are raw and unedited, and the volume of the audio is low -- we recommend using headphones to listen, with your volume turned up.
 

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Intro to Islam 1
 
 
1/10/2018 

Intro to Islam 2
 
 
1/24/2018 

Intro to Islam 3
 
 
1/31/2018 

Intro to Islam 4
 
 
2/7/2018 



  • MUSLIM SPEAKER SERIES


"Jihad and Pluralism in Islam" by Sumbul Ali-Karamali,  JD, LLM (Islamic Law) on 12 November 2017.  Sumbul is author of "The Muslim Next Door: the Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing," Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's Awards, and "Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam."


The children explored the interfaith Peace Village from Child & Family Institute.


"Muslim 
Women Beyond the Stereotypes" by Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director Islamic Networks Group

The children's program included an introduction to Islam and Muslims.  Youth heard from youth peers from ING.
 
  • FALL BOOK READ 2017


The Faith Club:  A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew ... Search for Understanding by Idliby, Oliver and Warner  
 

Rabbi Sarah Weissman and Sheikha Maryam Amir join the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett for a full house Hearts for Justice panel moderated by the Rev. Elizabeth Riley.
All Saints, November 2017
Stanford senior Farhan Kathawala tells
"How to Grow Up Muslim in America" on Trinity Sunday, June 2017.

 
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE