Don’t Forget: Human Rights Day Celebration!

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Artwork by Ethar Hamid

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for this important event.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(dinner and drinks)
Location: Abigail Stuart House
1002 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA  98501
Cost: $35.00 (includes dinner and two drinks) (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 360-754-3998
Contact the Foundation

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for the 2016 Annual Human Rights Day Celebration for an evening of food and knowledge. Gather together for an evening with friends and enjoy delicious food prepared by local Olympia chefs, wine and locally-brewed beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., a musical performance by Benjamin SittingBull, a Plains Indian singer, flutist and drummer, and a discussion on environmental and political activism.

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Event: 2016 Human Rights Day Celebration

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Artwork by Ethar Hamid

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for this important event.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(dinner and drinks)
Location: Abigail Stuart House
1002 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA  98501
Cost: $35.00 (includes dinner and two drinks) (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 360-754-3998
Contact the Foundation

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for the 2016 Annual Human Rights Day Celebration for an evening of food and knowledge. Gather together for an evening with friends and enjoy delicious food prepared by local Olympia chefs, wine and locally-brewed beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., a musical performance by Benjamin SittingBull, a Plains Indian singer, flutist and drummer, and a discussion on environmental and political activism.

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One-Day Conference on Shariah

Assalamu Alaykum / Peace be upon you

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) for this important event.

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(lunch and snacks will be served)
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sounds (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Cost: $20.00 (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 425-861-9555
manager@mapsredmond.org

Have you ever been asked any of following questions:


  • Can a woman lead a Muslim organization under Shariah?
  • What are the rights of a homosexual person under Shariah?
  • Does Shariah allow holding of slaves?
  • What about Shariah rulings concerning severe punishments such as amputation of hands, public lashing and stoning to death?
  • How do we form a position on the use of transgender bathrooms or gun violence under Shariah?
  • What does Shariah even mean for the American Muslim?

Muslims are often ill-equipped to answer such questions. We often resort to narrow interpretations of texts or take an apologetic or denial stance when faced with such questions. Yet, these are the exact questions that everybody, from our children to our non-Muslim friends, want us to answer. Meanwhile, others are answering these questions on behalf of Muslims and the word “Shariah” has become a controversial term in the public opinion.

MAPS is holding a one-day conference led by two eminent guests, Professor Jasser Auda and Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, on November 19th to further an understanding of Maqasid al Shariah (the Intents of Islamic Law) as both a set of Intents as well as a Strategic Methodology for living as Muslims in a complex and dynamic society. The conference will educate the attendees on the theological foundation to address such questions in a manner consistent with the teachings of Islam.

This event is the second such conference brought by these scholars in the USA. The first successful event was held in Washington DC and sponsored by Adams Center under the leadership of Imam Magid. This is a limited-seat event targeted at community leaders and volunteers who engage in public discourse. Please register below if you would like to attend.

[More information here . . . ]

American Muslims After the Election

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) for this important event.

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(refreshments and social at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sounds (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Cost: Free (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 425-861-9555
manager@mapsredmond.org

Agenda

  1. The Political Maqasid and Its Application Today
    Prof Jasser Auda, Founding Director of Al-Maqasid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law & Al Shatibi Chair of Maqasidi Studies, International Peace College of South Africa
  2. Countering Extremism Online — Immunizing the Youth!
    Dr Houda Abadi, Carter Center, Associate Director, MENA Region Projects – Conflict Resolution Program
  3. Being American and Being Muslim — Lessons from South Africa
    Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Founder Director of the World for All Foundation & Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

[More information here . . . ]

Islam in the Public Square

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On Saturday, October 29, 2016, local area leaders and concerned citizens gathered at Town Hall Seattle for an event, Islam in the Public Square, to examine the dynamics that have led to the gap in understanding about Islam in America. We discussed the many issues clouding the image of Islam and Muslims in America, sought to build understanding and tolerance across ethnic and faith lines, and looked into ways all of us can confront and overcome the misunderstandings and fears that divide us. Together, as one Seattle community, we explored ways to work together for peace and justice.

Our humble thanks to the many people and organizations whose contributions of time, effort, and resources made this event such a success.

Below are the events, with links to transcripts, video, and photos.


Introduction & Welcome

Opening Prayer
“Amsa ul husna”
[See video here]

Introduction
Randolph Urmston, Attorney (moderator)
[See video here]

Welcome
Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel, VIII Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
[See video and text here]


Keynote Presentations
“Understanding Islam and Our Muslim Neighbor”

From a Clash of Ignorance to a Dialogue of Civilizations!
Mohamed Jawad Khaki, Founder, Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN)
[See video and text here]

Video: The Clash of Ignorance
Shafique Virani / TEDxUTSC
[See video here]

Trust in One Another, a Key to a Peaceful Society
Mahmood Khadeer, Founder, Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
[See video and text here]

How to Change a Million Minds in 15 Minutes
Varisha Khan, Senior, University of Washington, major in Political Science and Journalism
[See video and text here]

How the “Private Good” of Religion Becomes a “Public Good” for Society
Mark Markuly, PhD, Dean and Professor of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University School of Theology
[See video and text here]


Breakout Session & Call to Prayer

[See video here]


Panel Discussion

[See video here]

Video: American Muslims, Fact or Fiction
Unity Productions Foundation
[See video here]


Table Responses

[See video here]


 Photographs

[See photographs here]


 Event Sponsors

Diocesan Convention, Oct 21–22, 2016

Date:   Friday, October 21 – Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time:   Friday, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, with banquet following; Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:   Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center


The 2016 annual convention will be held Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd, Seattle, WA, 98188.

The Diocese of Olympia Convention meets annually to conduct the business of the diocese. It elects to diocesan offices; ratifies a budget; sets assessment levels; admits congregations as missions or parishes; votes on resolutions; elects a General Convention deputation; and hears the bishop’s annual address. Clergy and elected delegates from congregations attend. Convention information is distributed via newsletter and this webpage; bookmark and check-back often for updates.

Film Screening: Budrus, Oct 22, 2016

From our friends at JVP-Seattle.


September 28, 2016

Hello Friends of JVP-Seattle!

In collaboration with Muslim Association of Puget SoundMuslim Community Resource Center, we are excited to invite you to join us for a film screening and short facilitated discussion about the Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinian liberation.

Budrus tells a story of Palestinian community organizers, with the support of Israeli and international activists, nonviolently resisting the destruction of their village by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Date:   Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time:   1:30–4:00 PM
Location:   Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052
Cost:   Free

To guarantee a seat, please register in advance. (Walk-ins welcome if space allows.)

Wheelchair accessible. Rideshare board here. For more information contact sarahzareen@gmail.com.

This screening is a collaborative project presented by Muslim Association of Puget Sound – Muslim Community Resource Center (MAPS-MCRC), and Jewish Voice for Peace – Seattle (JVP).

Hope to see you there!

Islam in the Public Square

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Town Hall Seattle
Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch)
Students free!
Questions: Email us

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a one-day conference on Islam in America, Islam in the Public Square, on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Town Hall Seattle.

Islam in the Public Square is a gathering of local area leaders to examine the dynamics that have led to the gap in understanding about this religious tradition. We will discuss the many issues clouding the image of Islam and Muslims in America. The conversation will seek to build understanding and tolerance across ethnic and faith lines, and look into ways all of us can confront and overcome the misunderstandings and fears that divide us. Together, as one Seattle community, we will explore ways to work together for peace and justice.

Background:

Muslim Americans have been part of the American narrative since our country’s foundation. They have settled in every state, fought in every war and contributed to the diversity that has made America strong. While many minority groups have been embraced and their traditions honored in the public square, Muslims continue to struggle to have their voices heard. The average American has little understanding of the positive contributions of Islam over the centuries to societies worldwide and to America at home. In fact, one out of two Americans holds negative views of Muslims and Islam. A recent Pew survey revealed that only 35% of Americans know a Muslim. More recently, criminal acts of extremists together with hateful rhetoric by certain pundits and electoral candidates have contributed to record high levels of anti-Muslim hate crimes and bullying of children nationwide.

Speakers:

Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Doors Open — Coffee available
9:00 a.m. Introductions — Randolph Urmston
Welcome — Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speakers: “Understanding Islam and Our Muslim Neighbor”
• Mohamed Jawad Khaki — Ithna-asheri Muslim Association Northwest (IMAN)
• Mahmood Khadeeer — Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
• Varisha Khan — University of Washington
• Mark Markuly, PhD — Seattle University School of Theology
• Randolph Urmston, (moderator)
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Breakout Session
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Prayer
1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
• Aneelah Afzali — Attorney
• Mahmood Khadeeer — Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
• Mohamed Jawad Khaki — Ithna-asheri Muslim Association Northwest (IMAN)
• Varisha Khan — University of Washington
• Mark Markuly, PhD — Seattle University School of Theology
• Phillip Ginsberg, (moderator)
2:45 p.m. Short Break
3:00 p.m. Film: “Confronting Stereotypes”
3:15 p.m. Breakout Session: “Walking Together”
4:00 p.m. Conclusion

Sponsors:

Questions: If you have any questions, please email us here.