Goals and Outcomes
- Christian and Muslim leaders will learn more about each others’ faith and tradition as well as about their own, which will impact how they present each other to their own community.
- Christian and Muslim congregations will be encouraged to engage in dialogue leading to greater openness and appreciation of each other.
- Our religious leaders will be able to speak more effectively and with one voice, especially at times of crisis.
- Local dialogue and cooperation will lead to changing of Christian and Muslim attitudes toward each other.
- Panel and discussion on Islamophobia in the Media. (This event is available for booking at other venues.)
- the Omar Ibn al Khattab Foundation (April 2007) and
- Santa Monica United Methodist Church (Sept 2007).
- “Searching for Peace: The Prophetic Traditions and Social Justice in Islam and Christianity” held at Centenary Methodist Church in Los Angeles in July 2007. Speakers included Sheikh Yassir Fazaga and Rev. Frank Alton.
- “Elections ’08: Religion and Patriotism” held at Omar Farouk Masjid in Orange County in November 2007. Speakers included Dr. John Cobb, Rev. Jerry Stinson, Hussam Ayloush, and Dr. Amir Hussein.
The following are just some of the pairings that have been created through the Standing Together project in recent years:
- Santa Monica Methodist Church <--> Islamic Center of Southern California
- First Presbyterian Church of Encino <--> Islamic Society of the West Valley
- Islamic Center of Oxnard <--> Adventist Church
- United Methodist Church of Irvine <--> Islamic Center of Irvine
- First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills <--> Islamic Center of Northridge
- St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community <--> Islamic Center of Southern California
- and many more...
"We all come from different backgrounds and different cultures and have different experiences and different histories, but we all serve God. How we do it is influenced by where we came from and what we grew up with.
But we all serve and love the same God. And that's what's important."
~ Brenda LaMotte, AME Minister