Acts of Faith: Breaking the barriers that divide us

By Zainab Ahmad The evening of Wednesday, the 5th of November, was a great time to be in the United Methodist Church at Grove Street in downtown Minneapolis. Dr. Eboo Patel spoke to at an event arranged by many organizations such as the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, Blake School Diversity Symposium, CAIR Minnesota and Muslim Youth Minnesota, along with many others. He spoke to a diverse audience about his work with the Interfaith Youth Core.

Taking Heart: What Would You Do?

By Gail Anderson From a Taking Heart dinner, May 2008. What would you do if you saw a store clerk refusing to serve a Muslim customer? That was the question explored in a recent ABC news story. We will be using that video as our discussion starter at the next Taking Heart, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday July 9 at Masjid Ummat Muhammad, 315 East Lake Street, second floor. A free meal will be served. There were more than 30 people at our last Taking Heart event at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. We had discussions about sacred texts and Read More …

Taking Heart: Visit a Mosque, Share a Meal

By Marcia Lynx Qualey, Engage Minnesota From a Taking Heart picnic, summer 2007. Gail Anderson isn’t asking you to make a new best friend. “I think if next Wednesday night, we get a number of Christians to walk into a mosque— that’ve never been in a mosque before—then I think we’ve done something,” said Anderson, unity and relationships organizer with the Minnesota Council of Churches. Anderson helps head up the interfaith project “Taking Heart,” which brings Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors together over good meals and good conversation. The next event, set for May 14 at Masjid Ummat Muhammad, was designed Read More …

Interfaith Panelists Recognize and Accept Differences

Five University Groups Discuss How They Can Work Together to Improve Humanity’s Future By Heba Abdel-Karim and Lolla Mohammed Nur, Engage Minnesota “Imagine a world where people from different religious backgrounds come together to create understanding and respect by serving their communities.” – Interfaith Youth Core (www.ifyc.org) On April 9, the Hillel Jewish Center, in union with the University of Minnesota’s Muslim Student Association, hosted and organized an interfaith discussion that brought together people of different faiths. The topic of the event was “humanity’s future,” and representatives of a number of different faiths spoke about how they see humanity progressing, Read More …

‘Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors’

Face-to-face Meetings Provide First Step Many Minnesotans—perhaps you, if you’re reading this post—want to better understand their Muslim neighbors. Of course, most of us have busy schedules, and it’s difficult to approach strangers, even if they do live in your neighborhood. It might seem easiest to read about Muslims. Dozens of books offering to “explain” Muslims have appeared in the last few years; you might order one off Amazon.com or pick one up at your local bookstore. You could turn on the television and find Muslims depicted and described on CNN and Fox News; you can find Muslims talked about Read More …