The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) engages in numerous interfaith dialogue programs. The programs connect Muslims and people of other faiths with one another in order to build mutual respect and understanding. Some of these programs consist of small scholarly discussions and some engage larger groups from different faith communities.
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In 2009 and 2012, the Islamic Society of North America partnered with Andover Newton Theological Seminary and a coalition of national Baptist organizations for the first-ever National Baptist-Muslim Dialogues. Each dialogue gathered together Baptist and Muslim clergy and lay leaders from across the country for presentations on one another’s beliefs and traditions, observations of worship services, and small-group discussions to share experiences.
The Midwest Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims is an annual joint initiative of ISNA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which began in 1996. Its mission is to engage Catholic and Muslim scholars and leaders in interreligious dialogue. The dialogue provides a forum for Muslim-Catholic discussion, critique, and exchange of information on theological concepts and their relation to U.S. American society.
In February 2008, ISNA and the National Coalition of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) launched the National Muslim-Christian Initiative to enhance mutual understanding, respect, appreciation and support for what is sacred for each other. NCC is the umbrella group for a wide spectrum of 37 Protestant denominations, which include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
Children of Abraham: Jews and Muslims in Conversation is an interfaith dialogue program jointly organized and facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). In 2007, ISNA and the URJ partnered to promote a nationwide series of local interfaith dialogues focusing on Muslim and Jewish communities, to promote mutual respect, understanding, and communication and to strengthen their capacity to advance peace and social justice on a global scale.
In 2010, ISNA joined with the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and Hartford Seminary for a three-part series of workshops and public forums for religious scholars and high-level practitioners. The series provided an opportunity for a unique interreligious exchange about Jewish and Muslim experiences as members of minority religions in the U.S. ISNA, JTS, and Hartford Seminary are now working to extend and sustain the impact of the series to congregations across the country by launching a new pilot program to implement its findings.
The annual Weekend of Twinning is an initiative led by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) in partnership with ISNA to strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations worldwide. The Weekend of Twinning provides an opportunity for synagogues, mosques and other Muslim and Jewish groups worldwide to hold joint programs together to build ties of communication, reconciliation and cooperation.
ISNA helps facilitate interfaith dialogue at an international level, representing the voices of American Muslims. Much of this work takes place through the annual Doha International Conference for Interfaith Dialogue in Doha, Qatar and through ISNA’s membership in Religions for Peace, the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions working together to promote peace.