Thank you for Standing in Solidarity Against Islamophobia! 

If you missed the livestream of the Against Islamophobia panels: Here is the GTU multi-faith panel.   You can also catch the recording of For God’s Sake by our neighbors at Zaytuna College.

Media coverage:

San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Mercury News
Contra Costa Times.

 

GTU Solidarity Statement and Panel Discussion
Pacific School of Religion chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Panelists:
Rev. Dr. H James Hopkins, American Baptist Seminary of the West
Dr. Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies
Dr. Naomi Seidman, Center for Jewish Studies
Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College
Dr. Rita Sherma, Center for Dharma Studies

Moderator:
Jakada Imani, Ignite Institute Director

For God’s Sake: A Program with the Founders of Zaytuna College  Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley
The wars, hatred, and chauvinism polarizing many parts of the world, including our own country, are causing many to justify the wanton slaughter of “them” in the interest of protecting “us.” We can only bridge this lethal divide when we recognize that there is no “them,” there is only “us” — because God has sanctified all life

Co-sponsored by Graduate Theological Union, Center for Islamic Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Dharma Studies, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Ignite Institute at PSR, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, Zaytuna College, and the United Religions Initiative.

Resources are always available from our friends at these organizations, including on recent events:

 

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Muslim Advocates

Council on American Islamic Relations

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Statement In Solidarity Against  Islamophobia

The Graduate Theological Union is the largest and most diverse partnership of theological schools and centers from various religious traditions and cultures committed to promoting ecumenical and interreligious education and dialogue.  We stand in solidarity with all who are victims of discrimination and violence and deplore the killing of innocents in the name of religion.

We condemn the bigotry and hate-mongering vilifying and marginalizing our Muslim colleagues, leaders, and their communities here in the United States and around the world.

Together with our Muslim partners we will:

  • Remain steadfast in keeping the doors of dialogue and relationship open to create local and global community.
  • Seek new ways to share our resources of theological education, formation and social justice action.
  • Promote a positive vision of our common humanity and the dignity of difference.

Signed:

Riess Potterveld, President, Graduate Theological Union

Jakada Imani, Director, Ignite Institute at PSR

Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies

Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative

David Vasquez Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion

Paul M. Martin, American Baptist Seminary of the West

James L. McDonald, President, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Rosemary Bray McNatt, President, Starr King School for the Ministry

Mark Richardson, President, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Brian Stein-Webber, Chief Administrative Officer, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Dharma Studies

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

Zaytuna College

A rise in Islamophobia continues to threaten our Muslim sisters and brothers. Our work as members of URI is made even more urgent by the increase in hateful speech from those who have responded to these incidents by sowing division and discord. Together, we must continue to challenge these claims and promote the positive values inherent in Islam and all religions.

Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative (URI)