The last time I talked with Emmy was 1999, give or take. That was the year we graduated high school in Pekin, Illinois. 18 years or so later, as fate would have it, we find ourselves talking about some incredibly important things that are happening between her church in Pekin and the Muslim community in Peoria, Illinois, a city about 25 minutes from Pekin. This is perhaps the most practical, simple, and profound acts of interfaith relationship building that I have featured on this podcast. I hope that her story will inspire you to do something as simple as calling an Islamic Center or mosque near you and seeing what happens.
You can read the article I wrote about the vandalism at the Islamic Center of Peoria here.
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I am so excited to share this episode with you. I had the privilege of speaking with three Muslim filmmakers/artists (Asad Ali Jafri, Iram Parveen Bilal, Usama Alshaibi) and a social organizer (Vivian Hua) who has put together a national film screening series starting in May called the Seventh Art Stand. We talked about art, story, Islamophobia, being Muslim in America, and so much more. These people are doing the hard work of telling new stories in order to reshape how average Americans view Arabs and Muslims, and they got very real with me, very fast. You don't want to miss this episode. Take some time and enjoy!
Usama Alshaibi: @UsamaAlshaibi; artvamp.com
Iram Parveen Bilal: @irampbilal; Parveen Shah Productions
Asad Ali Jafri: @asewonder; www.asadalijafri.com
Vivian Hua: @SeventhArtStand; www.seventhartstand.com
Me: @Se7enFast; www.jroberteagan.com
For more info about SE7EN FAST, go to www.se7enfast.com
In this episode, I talked with Kevin Bushnell, a Pastor, humanitarian, and author of an upcoming book tentatively titled 'The Four Loves'. We discuss the premise of his book, question whether loving God, neighbor, brother, and enemy are uniquely Christian ideals, and talk forgiveness, gratitude, and hospitality. I swear I didn't pay him to give praise to my book, but if you now want to check it out after listening to Kevin's lauds, I have linked to it below. You can get more into the mind of Kevin by following him on Twitter @_Salam_
Of Strangers & Enemies
Imraan Siddiqi, Director of CAIR-AZ, is a gift to the world. He is a voice for justice that has a significant presence and following on Twitter. It is almost as if he is incapable of turning a blind eye to injustice. He is also a softspoken, practical man with a penchant for dropping knowledge at every turn. You'll understand after a few minutes of our conversation here. Follow the links below to find out more or connect with Imraan.
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So, there are still so many people dissecting and criticizing and pondering over what happened on 1/21/17 in Washington, D.C. and around the country. What we DO know, is that millions of women throughout the world marched together, either against President Donald Trump, or for justice for all people. I got in touch with Sara and Mallory, a mother and daughter who went together to D.C. Mallory is a 17 year old Senior in High School, and Sara is a recording artist amongst other things (www.saraquah.com). I also talked with Stephanie (ESL Teacher), Amber (social justice advocate), and Monica (Labor and Delivery Nurse) about their experiences.
The conversations were flowing, and what becomes clear is that there were many different reasons why women (and men) went to D.C. Instead of letting those on the far right or the far left determine the meaning of the Women's March, take 25 minutes and let 5 women who were actually there tell you what it was all about. Let's call it a way of listening and making peace across lines of cultural and political difference.
Rabbi Daniel Bogard is a Rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinatti, OH. He is also a key part of the 'No Joke Project', a documentary film and book about "a surprising friendship between a rabbi, an imam, and a preacher living in America’s Heartland models the path to restoring community around difference." In this episode, we talk about Islamophobia alongside anti-Semitism, Israel, theology, ethics, and why relationships matter so much on the pathway to peace.
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In this episode, I talked with Julia McStravog, Program and Research Specialist in the Secretariat of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs at the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. She talks about what moved her towards this work, her experience traveling with Pope Francis last year when he visited the U.S., and what she believes will make peace a possibility. Candid and hopefully skeptical, Julia is a great person and a new friend.
For more on Julia's work, visit www.usccb.org/SEIA
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To RSVP for the event at the Mosaic Foundation in Aurora CO this Saturday evening, follow this link.
In this episode, I reflect on what I learned through the Ramadan Conversations series, and share some thoughts on #Orlando and how we might respond to such a tragedy. The dates I listed are for interfaith Iftars happening in AZ, OH, NJ, CO, CA, IL, KY, and IN over the next few weeks. Please check them out and plan on attending these events if you are in these areas. Also let me know if you want to host the FRIENEMIES Tour in your area, 9/1-9/18 in IL, IN, MO, IA, WI, or MI.
I talked with Haroon in the late afternoon last week. Which means, Haroon had been fasting since about 5am. He speaks with the energy of a college student (which he is) despite the lack of fuel in his body. We talked about Ramadan hi-jinx and what makes good deeds 'good'. It's some good conversation on the flip-side of the horrors that took place on Sunday in Orlando.
SE7EN FAST: se7enfast.com
I'm also booking the FRIENEMIES Midwest Tour. To find out more, visit jroberteagan.com/speaking
In Part Four of the Ramadan Conversations series, I caught up with Seher, who was the first guest on the Frienemies Podcast (Episode 2) last fall. We talk about Ramadan as a gift that is only as good as what you put into the experience. To find out more about how you can connect with Muslims this Ramadan, click the link below for SE7EN FAST, a hub for interfaith Iftars occurring around the country.
SE7EN FAST: www.se7enfast.com/#/locate