National Interfaith Conference -- DIVINITY and DIVERSITY: Building our community together (Feb 19-21, 2015) at NICC
Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC) in collaboration and partnership with Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), National Interfaith Campaign—Shoulder to Shoulder (S2S) and Safe Alliances of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL), hosted the first National Interfaith Conference at NICC on February 19th through 21st, 2015. The conference became a reality, after almost a year and half of planning work and embarks the synchronized momentum for more collaborative efforts at local and regional levels for building safe and cohesive communities together. The conference was attended by 300 plus guests. Programs included seminars, panel discussions, workshops, keynotes (Interfaith Instructor: Sean Rose—Face to Faith; Joseph DeMott -- ASPEN Institute; Filmmaker: David Washburn -- An American Mosque) and opportunity for open ended interfaith dialogue with local and regional interfaith leaders.
Part of the conference highlight also included a leadership banquette sponsored by Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on Thursday February 19th, 2015 at the Hilliard MaKoy Center. The purpose of the banquette was to celebrate diversity and recognize the efforts of the community building work that has been shouldered by NICC and SAIL teams. Reverend Dr. Stephen Smith (Rector of Saint Patrick’s Church in Dublin and current President of SAIL) and Imran Malik (Chairman of NICC-BoD and current vice-President of SAIL) received the community service award from ISNA at this leadership banquette.
The NICC leadership team congratulates all our collaborating partners and selfless team of leaders and volunteers that spearheaded such a large undertaking of hosting this successful National Interfaith Conference. Although, this conference was first of its kind it has surely opened up more doors for future collaborating efforts both at local and regional stages. It’s an effort that is needed a lot more now than ever! We are thankful to all the leaders and volunteers who all deserve a round of applause. May Allah (swt) bless them all and their families always. Their passion and dedication is refreshing and an assurance for a prosperous future via togetherness!
Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC): Imran Malik, Lila Al-Sibai, Nicol Ghazi, Atifa Malik, Sumaya Hamadmad, Arfan Ali, Muzzammil Ahmed, Hussnain Malik, Adam Katabay, Dr. Ishaq El-Qutub, Ibrahim Harith, Nina Shameem, Ajmal Shameem, Sumaya Hamadmad, Ghousiya Nadeem, Amraha Nadeem, Omar Saqr, Durya Nadeem, Afnan Rehman, Anam Shuja, Champa Fernando, Roofi Ahmed, Mohsin Syed, Sana Roofi, Areeb Narvel, Safia Narvel, Homdi Solimon, Mourad, Mohammed, Noorgul Dada, Faris Rehman, Ahmed Salman, Mohammed Nadeem, Aftab Syed, Ammar Khawan, Imam Hussam Musa, Husam Ward, Jamal Mansoor, Ashraf Sharief, Nada Naiyer, Jennifer Wisel, Farouqi Majeed, Dr. Adil Katabay, Asmaa Mostafa, Arifeen Mohammed, Dr. Hany Saqr, Amina Burhumi and All the kids of Noor Kids club who performed the Nasheed.
Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL): Rev. Stephen Smith, Imran Malik, Karen Patterson, Barbara Anderson, Rev. Rob Tussing, Phil Washburn, Dolly Crespo, Malik Moore, David Binkovitz, Lois Chapman, Neil Gieser, Gul Kunkur, Tasneem Khalid, Dr. JS Jindal, Laura Leach, Pam Nickerson, Rev. Deborah Lindsay, Rabbi Rick Kellner, Phil Washburn,
Hilliard School District: Dr. John Masrchhausen, Janet Manseur Durr
Destination Hilliard: Christy Clark
Community Relation Council: Abdikhair Soofe, Guadalupe Velasquez
Sunrise Academy: Eugene Greenfield, Mairvat Mrayan and all the kids who performed the Nasheed
Interfaith Association of Centeral Ohio (IACO): Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, Dr. Christina Butler, Rabbi Micahel Unger, Rev. Tim Ahrens, Lama Kathy Wesely, Cantor Jack Chomsky
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA): Ahmed El-Hattab, Ali Jalil Khan, Hazem Bata, Fahad
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Catherine Osborne, Kathaleen Longmuir
Hilliard Ray Patch, YMCA: Malik Moore, Dolly Crespo
Guests and Panelists: Sean Rose (Face to Faith), David Washburn (Moviemaker), Joseph DeMott (ASPEN Institute), Rev. Tim Ahrens, Rabbi Mike Unger, Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, Dr. Christina Butler, Lama Kathy Wesley, Rev. Stephen Smith, Dr. John Marschhausen, Dr. John Kashubeck, Rev. Deborah Lindsay, Karen Patterson, Dolly Crespo, Nicol Ghazi, Imran Malik