Building Bridges

Building Bridges to Protect Religious Minorities Convening

Atlantic Institute hosted a follow up session for Faith In Public Life’s Building Bridges to Protect Religious Minorities Convening, on October 12 2017, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Istanbul Cultural Center. Attendees from the August session continued the momentum of their dialogue to forge deeper relationships over dinner and discussion. Together we will build bridges between faith traditions and strive to counter the language of violence with the language of peace. We thank Dilara Hafiz from JU for speaking to the guests, and her personal insight into her beliefs and the challenges with the broader communities perception of Islam. Again everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner.

Atlantic Institute were honored to be part of Faith In Public Life’s event on August 15 at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. The forum provided opportunity to understand in more detail the language of violence and factors such as Dangerous Speech, the challenges of social media to quickly rally people and disseminate misinformation, particularly with violence towards religious minorities. And the need to counterbalance this by building strong positive relationships in the community and effective media engagement that promotes positive stories, creating a ‘Language of Peace’.

All the speakers provided education and insights into their communities and presented us with knowledge and skills to counter growing concerns in our communities.
Thank you to Joey McKinnon & Dan Nejfelt from Faith in Public Life, Rachel Brown – Over Zero, Sukhbir Singh – Sikh Society and Imam Abdurrahman Sykes – Islam Inc, and hosts the Jacksonville Jewish Center.