Sharing Christmas traditions with Muslim friends

Sharing Christmas traditions with Muslim friends

There were moments in December that shook our respective communities to the core — between the San Bernardino attacks, outrageous remarks by public figures, and a pushback in accepting international refugees, local Muslims and Christians were left wondering how to eclipse all of the hate with an outpouring of love. Enter the “2 Faiths 1 Friendship” Christmas dinners![…]

Taking a stand for dignity

Taking a stand for dignity

What do you get when you put Muslim women, Christian women, and 31 days of dresses together? You get a group of fashionable ladies who are deeply committed to seeing justice served, dignity restored, and oppression eradicated in the world!     We are a group of Muslim and Christian women participating in Dressember, a[…]

What to do with all the fear?

What to do with all the fear?

As I got ready to go to a bonfire with Muslim and Christian young adults, I realized something terrible had happened that day in Paris and Beirut the day before. I’m not sure why I wasn’t aware of this earlier, but as I scrolled down my Facebook Feed and saw all the responses my mind got anxious and my[…]

Five steps to making a Change

Five steps to making a Change

It is easy to feel very overwhelmed when we see the images on our screens of terror around the world. We can feel helpless and numb. That’s okay to feel for a little bit as you process the grief and shock. However, it’s important to channel and transform those emotions into positive actions rather than[…]

When terrorists strike…how should we respond? Our story.

When terrorists strike…how should we respond? Our story.

With the terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the past few days have proved emotionally and spiritually challenging. Through God’s perfect timing and mercy, however, we were grateful for the opportunity to process our emotions with a group of peace-building Muslims and Christians all weekend long. On Friday evening, thirty Muslim and Christian young adults met at[…]

Do our statements of condemnation on terrorist attacks make a difference?

Do our statements of condemnation on terrorist attacks make a difference?

I recently rejoined Facebook after almost three years since deactivating my account. After the Paris tragedy last Friday, I was struck by the influx of status updates by my Muslim friends condemning the attacks. I started feeling the pressure to update my own status, wondering if my non-Muslim friends were waiting for it. If I[…]

The “Frienemies” Podcast

The “Frienemies” Podcast

How did you two meet? How does your faith inform the way you interact? Why do you do what you do? All questions asked by Jeff Eagan, a teacher/writer/activator with the Isaac Ishmael Initiative, who interviewed us for his peace-building podcast called “Frienemies.” We met him in Chicago at the ISNA conference and Shoulder 2 Shoulder program last[…]

“It Takes a Village” – all ages take steps to become Change Agents

“It Takes a Village” – all ages take steps to become Change Agents

“Are you nervous? Because I’m nervous!” The crowd giggled — yes, nervously — at Pastor Abraham’s pointed honesty at the third “2 Faiths 1 Friendship” Mixer last Saturday afternoon. Since the theme of the afternoon was self-awareness, Pastor Abraham appropriately honed in on the emotions in the room of over 100 Muslims and Christians gathered together in[…]

Muslim-Christian Peace-building in Chicago

Muslim-Christian Peace-building in Chicago

We were nominated to be part of Shoulder2Shoulder- an initiative that seeks to build understanding about the American Muslim narrative. We also went to visit some friends we have in Chicago that work in Muslim-Christian peace-building around the world. Our trip was about making new friends, learning what others are doing in peace-building and sharing[…]

Help us Help you

Help us Help you

Just in the last two months: A young Christian woman attended one of our Mixers and loved it so much that she got her church and a local mosque together to start their own. Twelve Muslim men and women, also inspired by our Mixers, hosted over 70 Christians in their homes during Ramadan to show love for their[…]

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