Asst. Atty. Gen. Perez, Rabbi Saperstein, Cardinal McCarrick Attend Islamic Society of North America Convention
Sept. 1, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Major interfaith leaders and government officials will come together this weekend at the Islamic Society of
's 49th annual convention to address civil rights challenges faced by Muslims in the U.S. and uphold minority rights in Muslim majority communities abroad.
, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gen. for Civil Rights, ISNA President
, and Sheikh
will focus their remarks on the conference theme, "One Nation Under God: Striving for the Common Good" at a plenary session on
Saturday, Sept. 1st
8:30 to 11:00 pm
of the Union for Reform Judaism, Cardinal
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, U.S. Rep.
, and Rev.
of Sojourners will highlight ways in which faith-based communities work together to address issues of common concern, such as poverty, discrimination, and human rights abuses. This session titled, "Faithful Alliances for the Public Good" will take place on
Sunday, Sept. 2nd
2:30 - 4:00 pm
ISNA will also host its 15th annual Interfaith Unity Banquet, "A Pluralistic Vision: Upholding the Rights of Religious Minorities Across the World" on Sunday, from
6 to 9 pm
. One of the highlights of the convention, the banquet will celebrate interfaith achievements within the American Muslim community and recognize interfaith leaders and institutions that have contributed to the advancement of inter-religious understanding.
NOTE: Media professionals interested in attending the sessions should contact
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WHAT: ISNA ConventionWHEN:
and 2nd, 2012WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW,
About ISNA: Islamic Society of
(ISNA) is an independent American Religious organization registered in the state of
. ISNA is governed by a 12 member democratically elected North American board of directors comprising of men and women, 3 appointed North American zonal representatives, and 7 North American Constituent organization representatives.
ISNA was originally founded in 1963 and is one of the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella associations in
. Based out of
, its mission is to provide Muslim organizations and individuals with a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations.
Our office in
works closely with the federal government and the interfaith community to build bridges of understanding with people of all faiths and to represent Muslims in the national discourse on issues of faith and public policy. These inter-religious projects have helped break down barriers of misunderstanding, form genuine partnerships of faith and ethics, and establish a platform to advocate for social justice issues for the common good.
SOURCE Islamic Society of