On Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) and the American Islamic College (AIC) are partnering together to offer the "Faith Over Fear" training, a training of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign. This training is for faith leaders in Chicago, and aims to reduce and to counter anti-Muslim bias, discrimination, and violence in the U.S. Persons from the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Re-Think Media, American Islamic College, and many national congregational leaders will lead this workshop.
During the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to:
- improve skills and confidence to speak against anti-Muslim rhetoric/discrimination
- build stronger local multi-religious networks
- understand and contextualize Islamophobia (recognize the complexity of the issue)
- explore how negative speech resonates and develop messaging recommendations and communications tips
- examine practical ideas and tactics for moving people towards engagement and change
“Faith Over Fear trainings come highly recommended for faith leaders," Sara Trumm, Director of the Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice said. "It provides practical and caring ways to address anti-Muslim bigotry – skills that are applicable to many of our society’s '-isms.'”
The training will take place both days between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both in-person (proof of vaccination and masking required) or fully-online participation is available. For in-person participants, the training will take place at AIC (640 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613) on January 28 and at LSTC (1100 E. 55 St, Chicago, IL 60615) on January 29.
Should in-person engagement be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, in-person participants will be contacted via e-mail.
LSTC and AIC students may register to participate at no cost. All other participants are asked to provide a minimum $20 donation due at registration.
Registration is now open through January 26.
Director, Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.