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Religious groups in Halton join hands to sponsor Syrian refugees

Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t always share a common cause, especially in the Middle East. But members of Maple Grove United Church and Shaarei Beth-El Synagogue in Oakville and Mississauga’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) mosque have found friendship in their goal of serving humanity. Together, the groups…

Muslims maintain unique identities within our American mosaic

Are Muslims part of the American mosaic? This question requires us to address a dilemma for many American Muslims: searching for purity in one’s faith while tailoring religious practice to one’s life in America. To address this dilemma with one simple answer is almost impossible. When we talk about American Muslims, we’re talking…

Faith Leaders Uniting to Help Syrians Could Lead to Greater Collective Security Model

Great crises produce opportunities for even greater hope. Such hope was on display last Sunday afternoon at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) mosque in south Mississauga as Muslims, Christians, and Jews joined to support each other’s efforts in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.Representatives from ISNA and Oakville’s…

These Groups Have An Idea To Help Syrian Refugees: Let People Sponsor Them

Some opponents to taking in more Syrian refugees argue it’s simply too expensive. Refugees need significant help with housing, food, transportation, education and more when they get here, and they contend that the United States can’t afford to help more people. But what if outside groups — community or religious organizations…

Startups Cater To Muslim Millennials With Dating Apps And Vegan Halal Soap

It used to be that American Muslims who wanted a halal meal had to live in a major city and know a good butcher. Want to find an eligible spouse? Get your parents involved. In the market for halal cosmetics? Good luck. Times are changing though. Across the U.S., the Muslim population is booming. It’s expected to […]

Religious Leaders Pledge to Protect Religious Freedom – For Everyone

Twenty-one religious leaders of various faiths gathered on the steps of the National Cathedral on Friday to sign a pledge for religious freedom and to call on public officials and political candidates to reject bigotry and protect religious freedom. These religious leaders were not advocating the religious right’s vision of religious freedom…

HCEF Holds Awards Banquet at Annual International Conference

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) held its Awards Banquet on the evening of October 16th and its 17th Annual International Conference on October 17th.  With the theme of “Our Faith Is Commitment to Justice, Peace, and Coexistence,” the events attracted over 300 participants including representatives of over 25…

Fighting Perceptions, Evangelicals and Muslims Commit to Oppose Religious Bigotry

A majority of evangelical pastors consider Islam to be “spiritually evil,” according to one just-released poll, but on Friday (Oct. 23)  an evangelical pastor and an imam took turns talking about their friendship and mutual respect. Texas Pastor Bob Roberts and Virginia Imam Mohamed Magid joined dozens of other religious leaders in prayer…

World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims Highlights Muslim-American Influence

As in past years, there continue to be more Muslims from the United States than any other country on this year’s “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.” Since at least 2012, the U.S. has outpaced nations with a far larger Muslim population, netting at least 40 notable people of influence, with Pakistan (33)..

Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim Rallies Ended Up Inspiring Acts Of Love And Service

A loosely affiliated group of armed protestors organized anti-Muslim hate rallies across the country on Friday and Saturday. But instead of dividing the communities they targeted, news about the rallies strengthened bonds between interfaith allies and inspired numerous acts of community service around the U.S. Grassroots organizers…