Recognizing Beauty – Acknowledging Complexity

Hannah Hochkeppel —  April 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

By Adam Gillman, K4P Seattle Jewish Educator

Members of the Kids4Peace Seattle Board and Program Team gathered last week to continue learning about Islam.  Adam Gillman, a Jewish Educator and member of our Program Team, reflects on his experience.

The opportunity to learn about the work of Islamic Network Group (ING) led by local activist and community educator Fouzi Husaini was a welcomed opportunity to engage, and continue fostering a budding relationship between the Kids4Peace Seattle community and local Muslim organizations. This was another occasion to learn about the basic tenets of Islam, and I once again found myself awestruck at the deep beauty of Islam and similarities shared among our faith traditions. However, despite our ancient roots, we find ourselves at a time when Islamophobia is plaguing our communities and world.

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This year our theme in Kids4Peace Seattle has been solidarity, which pushes us to stand with others when they face discrimination, mistreatment and bigotry and to speak for those that are unable to stand up for themselves. It also asks us to create space and ample opportunities for those who face judgement to speak for themselves. I walked away from our meeting filled with anticipation for our upcoming program with MAPS (Muslim Association of Puget Sound), so we can continue our work of building a community of understanding, advocacy, and action in bringing us together in the uphill hike towards brotherhood/sisterhood, compassion, and peace.  

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