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Muslim Immigrant Stories: Moving from Fear to Hope
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding will sponsor a free, open to the public, event where Muslim immigrants will share portions of their personal stories on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. at Oregon Episcopal School’s Lower School Commons, 6300 S.W. Nicol Rd., Portland, OR 97223.
The 90-minute program will include brief stories told in their own words by Muslim students and adults, original poetry and short videos, with an opportunity for audience discussions of their own experiences. Speakers include Huda Basharow, a student at Muslim Educational Trust’s Oregon Islamic Academy; Isturai Ibrahim, an Afgani American; and Imam Abdulah Polovina of the Bosniaks Educational and Cultural Association in Southeast Portland.
Many Americans say that they have never spoken to Muslim immigrants or heard first-hand accounts of their journeys. This is an opportunity to do just that. The event is cosponsored by OES, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church and the Institute for Christian-Muslim Understanding. The institute is a nonprofit group organized 15 years ago in Portland to create opportunities for Christians and Muslims to meet each other and begin the conversations that will break down stereotypes and build relationships. Past programs have included lectures, panel discussions and films. For more information, visit the institute website: http://icmupdx.org/