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Church As Ally

Combatting anti-Muslim bias requires the work of all of us and Christian churches have a particular responsibility, as well as opportunity to engage their congregations in ways that truly make a difference, helping us to see ways in which our society normalizes Christianity which then reinforces biases seen in other places. This video, with interviews captured on our "Ramadan Roadtrip" with our partner Shoulder to Shoulder, is designed to spark conversation, open our eyes to the ways in which we may be unintentionally participating in anti-Muslim bias and bigotry and more importantly gives us tools to become better allies to our sisters and brothers. Please use the video for your Sunday service, coffee hour, adult education time or when and however you wish to create space and occasion for these important discussions. The discussion study guide is available to help you facilitate the dialogue.

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Lisa Zook

Lisa Zook

Lisa has served as the Director of the InterReligious Institute at CTS since its inception in 2017. A gifted workshop facilitator and speaker, Lisa’s work and passion centers on exposing and resisting Christian supremacy, which is the root of all religious intolerance. She has experience as an organizer, anti-racism trainer, and teacher. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and available for pulpit supply, workshops, panel discussions, and lectures.

Rachel S. Mikva

Rachel S. Mikva

Rabbi Mikva is a leader in Interreligious Studies and Engagement. She serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Unit; directed the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies; and has contributed to the foundational books and cohorts that are defining this emerging field. Her book, Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is coming out in November, and her text for courses in Interreligious Studies will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. Integrating the diversity of spiritual lifestances into our conversations around navigating difference, Rabbi Mikva has worked the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and individual schools as speaker and consultant. Rabbi Dr. Mikva is available to speak on a variety of Jewish and interreligious topics, including: Dangerous Religious Ideas, Judaism and Race, Jewish Pride: Reexamining the Tradition on Gender and Sexuality, Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Bias, The Nature of the Human: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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