September 24, 2001 11:45
The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Taking the Next Steps in Restoring the Fabric of Our Community: A Faith-Based Response to the Rising Tide of Hate Violence Since the September 11, 2001 Tragedy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) Faith Group Leaders will hold a Press Conference: "Taking the Next Steps in Restoring the Fabric of Our Community: A Faith-Based Response to the Rising Tide of Hate Violence."
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 9:30-10 a.m.
WHERE: The Islamic Center 2551 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, D.C. (next to Rock Creek Park) WHO: Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director, InterFaith Conference; Mr. Farzad Darui, The Islamic Center; Imam Yusuf Saleem, Resident Imam, (Masjid Muhamad) National Education Director for the Muslim American Society; ** Bhai Gurdarshan Singh, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (Sikh); ** Mr. Mumtaz Khan, President, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque; ** Bhai Arvinder Singh, Spiritual Leader, The Singh Sabha Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Dr. Rajwant Singh, Executive Director, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (Sikh); Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Rev. Dr. John Deckenbach, Conference Minister, United Church of Christ; The Very Rev. Nathan Baxter, Dean of Washington National Cathedral; The Rev. Canon Roy Enquist, Washington National Cathedral; A leader from the Washington Board of Rabbis; Mr. Richard Witter, D.C. Baha'i Spiritual Assembly; Dr. Siva Subramanian, M.D., United Hindu-Jain Temple Association and other religious leaders and persons who have experienced hate violence since September 11 because of their religion and/or appearance. WHY: The InterFaith Conference held the region's only interfaith prayer service with eight world religions participating Thursday, September 13 at Georgetown University in a dramatic demonstration of unity. On Tuesday, September 25, The Faith Group Leaders will release a faith based response to the rising tide of hate violence since Tuesday, September 11 that is particularly affecting Muslims and Sikhs. Victims of the violence, including Sikh spiritual leader, Bhai Gurdarshan Singh. President of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society ADAMS mosque will speak. His mosque was spray painted with graffiti within hours of the attack. Rev. Lobenstine said, "We need to unite our voices in response to the growing number of incidents of hateful violence since the September 11th terrorist attacks and commit ourselves to some practical actions." There will also be heart-warming stories of the outpouring of support for Muslims, Sikhs and others since this national tragedy.For more information, please contact The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, 202-234-6300.
SOURCE InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
/NOTE TO EDITORS: For interviews, press kits and additional information on speakers, please see contact below. ** Victims of hate violence (IFC Faith Based Response statement available upon request)/
/CONTACT: Jan Du Plain, +1-202-244-3338, or email@example.com, for InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington/
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