Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf To Host Muslim Event Honoring 9/11 Families, Ten Years Of Interfaith Collaboration

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On Friday, September 9, 2011, at 6 p.m., The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), along with the Cordoba Initiative and the Interchurch Center , will co-host In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience at the Interchurch Center to recognize ten years of interfaith work and accomplishments by various groups and individuals since September 11, 2001.

"As part of New York's Muslim community, we want to honor the bridge-building of peaceful co-existence that's taken place from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds," said ASMA executive director and co-founder Daisy Khan.

Pete Dominick, Salman Ahmed among scheduled presenters; Peter Yarrow scheduled to perform.

On Friday, September 9, 2011, at 6 p.m., The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), along with the Cordoba Initiative and the Interchurch Center, will co-host In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience at the Interchurch Center to recognize ten years of interfaith work and accomplishments by various groups and individuals since September 11, 2001.

In Good Faith brings together prominent New York civic, interfaith and philanthropic leaders. The event will include personal stories from Sept.11 survivors as well as first-time testimonies from survivors' families. The program will also highlight the many bridge-building projects that grew out of the tragedy.

"As part of New York's Muslim community, we want to honor the bridge-building of peaceful co-existence that's taken place from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds," said ASMA executive director and co-founder Daisy Khan.

Scheduled presenters include Pete Dominick (host of his own SiriusXM radio show, CNN contributor and stand-up comedian), musician and activist Salman Ahmad, New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, Time magazine journalist Bobby Ghosh and others.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder of Cordoba Initiative, Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center and Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance will lead an interfaith blessing.

Among the program events:

Presentations in honor of Sept. 11 survivors and their families Jewish, Christian and Muslim families of Sept. 11 victims -- all of whom lost a son, husband, or brother -- will be presented with a commemorative scroll hand-drawn by master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen. This tribute seeks to underscore how the Sept. 11 tragedy affected American families of all faiths.

Testimony and recognition of various interfaith coalitions on their bridge-building efforts since Sept. 11, 2001, including work by The Interfaith Center, St. Bartholomew's Church, Intersections, and Auburn Theological Seminary.

Stories of Hope and Resilience: Two Sept. 11 survivors from different faiths share how the tragedy spurred them into service for others in a compelling video conversation between Fekkak Mamdouh, co-author of The Accidental American and one of the founders of Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and Gerry Bogacz, former co-chair of the steering committee for the World Trade Center Survivors' Network.

Spotlight on the film Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football: The award-winning film follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle for acceptance in post 9/11 America.

United We Stand: A special musical reflection and performance by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Media coverage is requested for this invitation-only event. For media arrangements, contact:
Matthew Chen 1-212-870 -2552 ext. 7 matthew(at)asmasociety(dot)org ,or Leyla Turkkan, 1-917-374-8020 leyla(at)catalystgroupsite(dot)com

WHAT:    In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience
WHERE: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2011, 6 - 8 p.m.

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