The upcoming community dialogue, hosted by the Peacemaking Project and the Seeds of Peace, will explore differing perspectives in a forum through questions, ideas, and stories. The Seeds of Peace group is comprised of Syracuse City High School students, trained by Interfaith Works to mediate sensitive topics in our community.
The Syracuse City School District educates hundreds of Muslims students, including some members of our ACTS Youth Council. Regardless of those who fear Islam based on falsehoods and stereotypes, Muslim families have become an intimate part of our Syracuse Community. They open businesses, participate in charity and social justice, and they commit themselves to the development of our collective well-being.
Still, to mitigate unfounded fears of Islam, it is helpful to engage in a dialogue that allows people to learn. This past Saturday, on June 10th, the Islamic Society of Central New York hosted a similar forum as a response to an “Anti-Sharia” rally organized by Act for America. Not only did it demonstrate Islam’s peaceful place in Syracuse culture, but also the benefits of holding an open forum for community members to learn about cultures they find different. “Islam in American Culture,” on June 17th, will offer a similar experience to those who attend.