In a time of unprecedented political divisiveness in America and rampant violent extremism around the world, we need leaders with the wisdom and courage to bring about a more just and compassionate human community. Religious leaders have a special responsibility to answer this challenge, including collaboration with political and media leaders.
Dr. Larycia Hawkins recently demonstrated how to do this. Acting on her conviction of “Embodied Solidarity,” the tenured political science professor at Wheaton College – a premier Christian Evangelical institution — wore a head scarf (hijab) in solidarity with her Muslim sisters who were experiencing Islamophobia. Her courageous stand led to public controversy…
Embodied Solidarity: What is it?
Where is it grounded in our religious and civic traditions? How does it address our contemporary situation? How can people of faith live it out? These and other questions will be explored at this public meeting featuring a presentation by Dr. Hawkins with responses by key leaders from a variety of the world’s religious organizations (listed above) as well as civic and political leaders. The program will also include audience participation and an opportunity to sign a Solidarity Pledge.
Respondents (list in formation)
- Dr. Agnes Aboum – Moderator, World Council of Churches
- Ms. Tahera Ahmad – Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Northwestern University
- Dr. Iva Carruthers – Executive Director, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
- Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Bishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church of India
- Mr. Tabassum Haleem – Executive Director, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
- Rabbi Peter Knobel — Rabbi, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston.
- Bishop Wayne Miller – Chair, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.
- Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith — Bread for the World
- Dr. Ali Yurtsever – President, American Islamic College