Clemson University faculty and students, along with other community participants, attended the Islam's Jesus program on Monday, October 6th at the Hendrix Center at Clemson University. Atlantic Institute and Intercultural Dialogue Club of CU invited Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, to make his presentation which was followed by an Q&A session and refreshments. Attendees also had a chance to participate in a book signing session for Dr. Saritoprak's book, Islam's Jesus.
HAJJ: The Journey
On September 22, 2015 the West Columbia center hosted a night on HAJJ: The Journey. HAJJ is One of the Five Pillars of Islam Pilgrimage. Every able-bodied Muslim is obliged to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life. Mr. Akif Aydin gave an enlighten presentation on his journey to the Holy City of Mecca he did a few years go. Afterwards some refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Notable Women in the Abrahamic Holy Texts
The Greenville Office co-hosted the event, "Notable Women in the Abrahamic Holy Texts" on May 28th with Aldersgate UMC at their location who provided wonderful refreshments for all to share in.
Jane Brosnan, Chair for the Atlantic Institute's Interfaith Committee MC'd and Moderated the Panel that consisted of Rabbi Julie Kozlow, Johannah Myers and Tugba Kucukkal. All the women took turns speaking about the voices of the women from their holy texts. The group of participants learned about Devorah, Hagar, Sarah, Mary and Mary Magdelene and the other women in Luke.
This was a very lively discussion and followed with a Question and Answer session. Many participants stayed afterwards to continue dialogue on this subject. We would like to thank the panel for working so hard to prepare such a fine evening and Aldersgate for hosting the event as well as providing the refreshments.
Our Multi-Faith Society: Exploring Its Gifts And Opportunities
On November 17th and November 19th, participants gathered in Clemson and Greenville to explore the nature of our diverse society and share their experience of it. Rev. Steve Doughty (Presbyterian (U.S.A.) minister, conference and retreat leader, and author) shared two stories of interfaith encounter from his most recent book, “The Man With Six Typewriters … and Others Who Knew God.” Through quiet reflection and small group discussion, participants first considered opportunities for enrichment and growth in our diverse society and then shared spiritual and learning experiences they had shared with persons from a different faith/spiritual tradition. Subsequently, participants considered the areas of darkness in diversity: discrimination, stereotyping, injustice, prejudice and hatred. In small group discussions, participants shared what motivated them to work for understanding and healing and what sustained them in this difficult work.
Understanding our Spiritual Nature
A Spiritual nature exists in nearly all Religions, Cultures and Belief Systems...but what is our understanding of it? Join us as we share in a dialogue night with Rabbi Jeremy Master and Dr. Ahmed AbdelAdl and take a closer look at the Jewish and Muslim understandings of human nature through exploring our spiritual nature
October 22nd at 6:30pm
Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Panel discussion on Understanding and Misunderstanding Islam.
The Charlie Hebdo massacre reified the fears of a clash of civilizations. We received several calls and emails requesting to hold an event to articulate and educate our community about What Islam is and how Muslims perceive such attacks. Therefore, we at the Atlantic Institute held a panel discussion on January 29, 2015 at Furman University to talk on “Understanding and Misunderstanding Islam”
Dr.Akan Malici, Furman Political Science professor, Dr. Alfons Teipen, Furman Department of Religion professor, and Mr. Akif Aydin, Atlantic Institute president were the panelists in the event. Dr. Akan Malici moderated the event with an introduction to the topic.
The event aimed at informing the general public about the what is the mainstream understanding of Islam and major misunderstanding about Islam. The panel drew its audience of 150 from the student body at Furman University and the broader Greenville community.
Women in Islam
On Wednesday evening, October 5, at Furman University, over 100 people participated in an inspiring and insightful dialogue. A panel of four Muslim women who live and work in Greenville were forthright in answering questions about their personal lives, insights and experiences. The panelists also thoughtfully and meaningfully connected their responses to the reality of the larger world. Topics included personal experience as a woman within Islam, prejudice in non-Muslim cultures, reports of oppression of women in Muslim majority countries, the media, and how we can build bridges between cultures.
Briefly, some opinions expressed by the panel were: (1) Women experience cultural and religious discrimination all over the world. (2) Much of what is identified as religious attitudes and actions are actually cultural attitudes and actions which the culture identifies as religiously based. (3) None of the Muslim majority countries represent Islam well. (4) Stereotypes of victims, oppressors, aggressors and religious believers are often erroneous because of unfamiliarity with the culture. (5) The best way to build bridges is to come together and dialogue.
The evening ended with Noah's Pudding being served as a refreshment for all to try.