Interfaith Presentations

Date: October 22nd, 2013

Place: Morrilton Chamber of Commerce

Event: Path to Peace – An Interfaith Dialogue

Description: A dialogue among Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu faiths, seeking to live and learn with mutual respect, compassion and integrity toward one another and the world and exploring ways to live in service to others. Sophia dialogued with Deb Silas Cooper of Daughters of Abraham helping audience understand the commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity.

Date: September 8th, 2013

Place: Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock

Event: Pathways to Peace – Pane Discussion

Description: A panel discussion of five people from different backgrounds on how they are pursuing peace efforts in Little Rock. Sophia talked about the need to reduce the fear and hatred between world religions and the work of Interfaith Center to accomplish that goal.

Date: April 27th, 2013

Place: St Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Event: Ground For Hope – Arkansas

Description: A one day long conference organized by Green Faith in an effort to inspire, educate, and mobilize people from different faiths to come together for environmental leadership. Sophia Said of the Interfaith Center was the opening presenter at the conference.

Date: February 19th, 2013

Place: Rialto Gallery and Community Arts Center

213 E Broadway Street, Morrilton, AR 72110

Event: “Interfaith Dialogue as a Path to Peace”

A six week interfaith dialogue series planned by several churches in an effort to combat some of the hostility felt by the people of different faiths in our local communities.  Sophia Said was one of the speakers along with Jay McDaniel, Anna Cox, and Phillip Spivey. The focus of the talk was the creed of Islam and life of an average Muslim woman. Sophia also introduced them to the Interfaith Center of ITSSM and the Multi-faith Youth Group of Arkansas.

Date: February 23rd, 2013

Place: Tucker Maximum Security Prison

2400 State farm Road, Tucker, Arkansas 72168

Event: Saviors Day Feast

The purpose of Sophia’s visit was to help the prisoners celebrate the Savior’s Day Feast which included the presence of a Muslim speaker among the speakers from different faiths. She talked about Islam and the need for self-actualization through spiritual purification from an Islamic perspective. Other speakers were Anna Cox and Johnny Hassan.

 

Date: March 8, 2013

Place: Hendrix College

1600 Washington Ave. Conway, AR 72032

Event: “Who Needs Religion?  Let’s be Spiritual but Not Religious. A conversation with Jews, Muslims, and Christians”

Sophia spoke on a panel alongside Reverend Teri Daily and Phillip Spivey on the need of organized religion and its pros and cons as compared to the recent rise of spirituality without adhering to a specific religious framework.


Date: April 4th, 2013

Place: Crown Plaza Hotel

201 S Shackleford Rd

Little Rock, AR 72211

Event: “Opening New Doors to Civil Rights” Arkansas fair Housing Commission’s Annual Conference

Sophia Said highlighted the people of minority faith backgrounds — specifically Muslims in Arkansas — and possible discrimination they might face in the housing and rental market due to the stereotypes about their faith traditions or national origins.

 

Date: April 7th, 2013

Place: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

5025 Church Rd, Little Rock, AR 72210

Event: Sermon in Sunday Worship Service

Sophia Said spoke to the congregation about basic tenets of the Islamic faith and its religious practices. She highlighted the commonalities between Islam and Christianity through focusing on a Muslim’s relationship with Jesus Christ.  Further, she encouraged them to join the efforts of the interfaith community in building bridges between people of different faith traditions.

 

Date: April 21st, 2013

Place: St Mark’s Episcopal Church

1000 North Mississippi Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72207

Event: Adult Christian Forum on Sunday Mornings

Sophia Said spoke to a group of congregants who meet regularly on Sunday mornings to study a wide variety of subjects. She gave them an overview of the Islamic creed and practices. The commonalities between Islam and Christianity were discussed from the perspective of Islamic scripture focusing on Jesus Christ and his role and status in Islam.  Sophia also talked about the need to create understanding between different faith traditions and to connect with each other through love, the one common human element both the faith traditions share.

 

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