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Metro Detroit Iftar Dinner - March 21, 2024

On March 21, 2024, the Intercultural Association of Michigan (IAM) hosted an enriching iftar dinner at Balkan American Culture Center in Troy, illustrating our commitment to fostering social cohesion through shared cultural experiences. This special evening brought together IAM members predominantly from the Turkic-American Muslim community, who were joined by a diverse group of people from various faiths, including Christians, Jews, and those of other belief groups, each bringing unique perspectives to the table.

 

The gathering was characterized by an atmosphere of friendly dialogue and mutual respect, where guests shared not only a meal but also their individual stories and traditions. This experience allowed everyone to celebrate the spiritual significance of breaking the fast together, highlighting our common values of peace and community.

 

Our Detroit iftar exemplifies IAM’s dedication to creating spaces where dialogue transcends cultural and religious boundaries, promoting understanding and respect among all. It is through these gatherings that we continue to build a more integrated and harmonious community.

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Holland Area Iftar Dinner - March 17, 2024

On March 17, 2024, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in the Holland area graciously hosted the Intercultural Association of Michigan (IAM) for an enlightening iftar dinner. This gathering brought together IAM members and the local church community, providing a unique opportunity for guests to witness and share in the traditional breaking of the fast.

During the event, guests were not only treated to a selection of Turkish food and desserts but also received insights into the significance of Ramadan for Muslims. IAM members shared information about the organization's mission and vision, emphasizing how our initiatives contribute to the harmony and unity of Michigan. This dialogue enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the cultural and spiritual dimensions of the event.

We are profoundly grateful to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for their hospitality and the chance to foster understanding through our shared experience. This evening was a testament to the power of community and mutual respect, illustrating how sharing traditions and values can bridge differences and strengthen communal ties across diverse groups.
 

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Kalamazoo/Portage Iftar Dinner - March 12, 2024

The Intercultural Association of Michigan (IAM) was honored to hold an iftar dinner at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage on March 12, 2024. This gathering was a beautiful expression of interfaith cooperation, attended by community members from various walks of life.

We are deeply grateful to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for opening their doors and hearts to us, facilitating an evening where friendship and spiritual unity were at the forefront. During the event, IAM members had the opportunity to share insights about the essence of Ramadan and its importance in the Muslim community, fostering a deeper understanding among all attendees.

This event not only strengthened the bonds of community but also reflected IAM's commitment to dialogue and peace across different faiths and cultures.

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Interfaith prayer with community and faith leaders

Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View

Book talk with Dr. Craig Considine about one of his recent books "The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View"

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Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View

Book talk with Dr. Craig Considine about one of his recent books "The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View"

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Intercultural Association of Michigan hosted a second interfaith prayer amid the COVID-19 pandemic with community and faith leaders.

Why a Muslim Scholar in Pennsylvania Matters to the World.

Dr. Jon Pahl Jon Ph.D. is the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Christianity at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia/Gettysburg, and he also serves as Minister of Faith Formation and Community Engagement at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Green Bay. Dr. Pahl is the author of 7 books, including Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence and most recently, Fethullah Gülen: A Life of Hizmet–Why a Muslim Scholar in Pennsylvania Matters to the World.

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