September 17, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn (720-381-1096) or 

Greetings of peace,

The Religion News Association, the association for those who write about religion in the news media, held its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. The newswriters and newsmakers in attendance explored the complex issues facing the world's religions and the difficulties inherent in reporting on them. You can catch up on the conversation through the conference hashtag .

Not only is it difficult to report on religion, it can be very hard to even discuss religion generally! Part of ING's work expanding religious literacy, especially through the Interfaith Speakers Bureau, is aimed at helping people understand the ways that we describe the faith or ethical traditions to which we belong.

Below, you can find details on upcoming events in New York, California, Canada, and on Facebook where ING speakers and staff will advance the public conversation on religious diversity, Islam and Muslims, safe schools, and more.

Thank you,

Tim Brauhn
Communications Manager

Contemporary Issues Affecting American Muslims:
September 23rd in San Francisco
On Sunday, September 23rd, from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will speak with the participants of Calvary Presbyterian Church’s Adult Education class about contemporary issues affecting U.S. Muslims . The session will address the serious challenges facing American Muslims today, including Islamophobia, maintaining a minority faith and culture in an increasingly secular but still nominally Christian-majority society, and promoting education about Islam and Muslims.
Sabbath in the 21st Century:
September 23rd in San Jose
On Sunday, September 23rd, from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM, ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will participate in an interfaith panel for the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council’s Interreligious Leaders Forum. The topic of the panel is “Sabbath in the 21st Century” and will feature representatives from a variety of religious backgrounds exploring how their faith communities orient around a “day of rest” in the modern (busy) world.
Jewish Festival of Sukkot for Muslim Neighbors:
September 23rd in Berkeley
On Sunday, September 23rd, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, please join our friends at Chochmat HaLev for a celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot! Learn how to write your name in Hebrew and Arabic and help decorate the Sukkah (temporary outdoor dwelling). ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will offer stories about Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar in the Jewish and Muslim traditions.
Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes:
September 29th in San Francisco
On Saturday, September 29th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver "Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes," one of ING's core presentations. Her talk will explore the history and contemporary lives of Muslim women around the world, including common misconceptions. This program is part of SWANA at the Library, honoring the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage. 
Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith:
September 30th in San Francisco
On Sunday, September 30th, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will discuss American Muslims and their faith including an overview of their history in the United States, and notable American Muslims today in all walks of life.
Reporting and Countering Islamophobia in School:
October 11th via Facebook Live
On Thursday, October 11th, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time, the third and final installment in our autumn webinar series on Countering Islamophobia in schools will be delivered via Facebook Live. "Reporting and Countering Islamophobia" will feature Ishaq Pathan, ING Deputy Director; and Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area.
Public Hearing on Bullying Awareness:
October 12th in San Jose
On Friday, October 12th, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, please join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Assemblymember Kansen Chu for a  public hearing on bullying awareness . Maha will discuss ING's work in schools through our speakers bureaus and INGYouth program. The hearing will be held at the Santa Clara County Board Chambers in San Jose.
Religious Diversity Symposium on Workplace Discrimination: October 29th in Palisades, New York
On Monday, October 29th, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Eastern Time, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel about religion and workplace discrimination trends for the Tanenbaum Center’s 2018 Religious Diversity Symposium .
2018 Parliament of the World's Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario
The Parliament of the World's Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING's programs. On Sunday, November 4th, from 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities.

ING Communications Manager Tim Brauhn
720-381-1096 (m) |

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi
408-393-8202 (m) |

About ING
Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism. Founded in 1993, ING reaches millions of individuals and hundreds of groups a year at the grassroots level by building relationships, understanding, and peaceful communities of all types and backgrounds through programs that include: 1) thousands of presentations, training seminars, workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs, through a nationwide network of affiliates and partners; 2) social media campaigns that promote cultural awareness and best practices for bringing diverse Americans together to get to know and learn from one another; and 3) online curriculum on topics related to cultural awareness and building bridges available to educators and community organizations.