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Centering Black Narratives in Islam with Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid is, he is a co-author of a recently published book entitled “Centering Black Narratives in Islam: Black Nobles among the Early Pious Muslims”. He is also the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)- Michigan, which is a national Muslim advocacy organization in the United States. Imam Dawud Walid has lectured at over 70 institutions worldwide including at Harvard, United States Congress and University of Bamako, Mali. Joining Dawud Walid for this event will be Imam Yasin Dwyer (Muslim Chaplain at Ryerson), Nadiya Ali (PhD Candidate at York with research interest in Black and Muslim...

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‘Warning to Humanity’ from 15,000 scientists

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”. These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone...

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Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23

Scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, some wearing traditional religious clothing, delivered a multi-faith statement to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23), pledging to adopt sustainable behaviors themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same. The delivery also marked the launch of a new international, multi-faith sustainable lifestyles initiative. Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California was among faith leaders carrying the message to the UN meeting on bikes, symbolizing a commitment to sustainable transport. “By changing our own lifestyles, the lifestyles of our...

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Legal challenge launched against Quebec’s Bill 62

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit English and in French in Quebec Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Bill 62. On October 18, 2017, the Quebec National Assembly enacted Bill 62, An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality, and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies (the “Act”). The lawsuit seeks a court order staying the application of Section 10 of the new law, which requires individuals to uncover their faces in order to receive...

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Somali-born Ontario Poet and Alberta Arts Chaplain Win Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing

Two vibrant young Canadians are now the first ever winners of the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing – a Faith in Canada 150 project, backed by think tank Cardus. POETRY WINNER Rowda Mohamud, a Somali-born Canadian-Muslim poet from Oakville ON took home a $10,000 prize for her suite of poems entitled Please Find Yourself a Space. SHORT STORY WINNER Brandon Trotter, a writer, director, actor, playwright, and arts chaplain from Calgary, AB takes home the $10,000 prize for his short story, Saint 148. Shane Nielson, a poet, physician, literary critic, and PhD candidate at McMaster...

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