[EVENT] Embodied Solidarity with Dr. Larycia Hawkins: A Faith-based Alternative to Divisive Politics

April 12, 2016

The Parliament of the World’s Religions and SCUPE invite you to an April 26 program in Chicago featuring Dr. Larycia Hawkins with leaders from the Parliament of the World’s Religions and:

World Council of Churches
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

In a time of unprecedented political divisiveness in America  and rampant violent extremism around the world, we need leaders with the wisdom  and courage to bring about a more just and compassionate human community. Religious leaders have a special responsibility to answer this challenge, including  collaboration with political and media leaders.*
Dr. Larycia Hawkins recently demonstrated how to do this. Acting on her conviction of “Embodied Solidarity,” the tenured political science professor at Wheaton College – a premier Christian Evangelical institution — wore a head scarf (hijab) in solidarity with her Muslim sisters who were experiencing Islamophobia. Her courageous stand led to public controversy and, eventually, the loss of her job.
Embodied Solidarity 
What is it?  Where is it grounded in our religious and civic traditions? How does it address our contemporary situation? How can people of faith live it out? 
These and other questions will be explored at this public meeting featuring a presentation by Dr. Hawkins with responses by key leaders from a variety of the world’s religious organizations (listed above) as well as civic and political leaders.  The program will also include audience participation and an opportunity to sign a Solidarity Pledge.  
(List in Formation):

Dr. Agnes Aboum – Moderator, World Council of Churches
Ms. Tahera Ahmad – Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Northwestern University
Ms. Tabassum Haleem – Executive Director, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Dr. Iva Carruthers – Executive Director, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Bishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church of India
Rabbi Peter Knobel — Rabbi, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston.
Bishop Wayne Miller – Chair, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.
Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith — Bread for the World
Dr. Ali Yurtsever – President, American Islamic College

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (CDT) • Add to Calendar
WHERE: Harold Washington Public Library • Multi-Purpose Rooms A&B • 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
TICKETS: $10.00 Registration on Eventbrite. Students free with code STUDENT. Space is limited, make your reservation now. 

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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