INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
COMMUNITY CIRCLES: SAN DIEGO ALUMNI PANEL
September 28, 2022
Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Four alumni from the 2022 San Diego Summer Program share their experiences with dialogue, forging new friendships across cultural divides, and how they plan to work for peace in their futures. The in-person panel will be moderated by San Diego Site Director Melanie Stanek.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE VIRTUAL ALUMNI PANEL
Thank your joining us for International Day of Peace Virtual Alumni Panel. Six Hands of Peace Alumni from the 2022 Summer Program joined moderators Emily Kenward, Chicago Site Director, and Melanie Stanek, San Diego Site Director.
INTERESTING EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
For our Hands of Peace community members — “Interesting Events in the Community” is designed to provide diverse stories, opinions and perspectives for you to explore and learn more about.
10th Annual Children of Abraham Potluck for Peace
September 11, 2022
5:00 – 7:00 PM CT
St. Viator High School, 1213 East Oakton St., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
The Children of Abraham Coalition is a non-profit founded to build understanding, respect and relationships between Christians, Jews and Muslims of all ages. The Coalition organizes events where Muslims, Jews and Christians can learn about each other’s religions while working together to build a world of salaam, shalom, peace. Bring your favorite dish to share as we celebrate our interfaith community over dinner and shared conversation. Please register using this link: http://tinyurl.com/coacpotluck. All those who qualify for a vaccine against COVID-19 must show proof of vaccination.
Protecting America’s Democracy in the Age of Extreme Polarization
September 11, 2022
3:30 PM CT
Muslim Education Center / Masjid / MCC Academy, 8601 Menard Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053
In the two decades since 9/11, American Muslims have been at the forefront of protecting American Democracy. Whether safeguarding civil liberties, standing up to bigotry, or creating the next generation of public service leaders, American Muslims have stepped up time and again to defend the core values of the United States.
Today, as we face extreme polarization and the erosion of democratic norms, our community has valuable experience to apply to these issues. The January 6th committee’s report has brought attention to the fact that there is a significant group of people in America (including many elected public officials) who favor authoritarianism over democracy and racism over the guarantees of equal protection for all under our Constitution.
American Muslims can once again play a critical role in ensuring the stability of American democracy, incorporating the lessons learned over the past two decades. On this 21st anniversary of 9/11, join our panel of experts (including two MEC alums) as we discuss the best ways to build resilient communities and a functioning and vibrant democracy.
Please join us on 9/11/22, as our expert panelists discuss their thoughts, ideas and recommendations on how all of us together can once again secure our country’s future as a functioning and vibrant democracy in this age of extreme polarization.