Oct 2016: Dominican Family Interfaith Discussion on Social Justice is an Inspirational Success
Interfaith Discussion on Social Justice was a huge success. A large debt
of gratitude is owed to Phylliss Chappell, Neil Douglas and Lynn Hogan, who
organized the entire evening. They spent a few months searching for and
interviewing potential presenters. Photos are courtesy of Kelly Reed and
can be accessed at http://www.reeds-photography.com/p815975411
Afshan Jilani (above)
began the evening with a overview of Islam and its' core beliefs. She
spoke not only about her work in interfaith dialogue, but specifically about
how she and her husband live out their Muslim faith as a family.
Reverend Hannah Bonner
(above), former Pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, spoke
of the need for solidarity in addressing social justice issues. For the
last year, she has been intimately involved in the Sandra Bland case...going as
far as risking her career and job to continue to work for justice in the Bland
case. Rev. Bonner now serves as Pastor of Hope AME Church in Prairie View.
Here are a few comments from fellow Dominican Family members on
the impact of Monday night's presentation:
me the most impactful aspect of the evening was Hannah Bonner's statement
that her aim is to "make all of us uncomfortable about racism"
in our society, within the context of the sacrifices she made in pursuing
her advocacy efforts. This perspective certainly animated the
discussion at out table. (Neil Douglas)
love gaining understanding of the core social values that Muslims share
with Christians and Jews. (Denise Fredette)
would have liked to have heard more from Afshan Jilani about the
difficult issues Muslims face and what they do within their communities to
change the public's perception. (Jim
was humbled by the gratitude Afshan Jilani had for being invited to
present to us and saddened that her experience has been so negative since
9/11. I love what she had to say as well as her style of saying it.
certainly needed to be informed and reminded of the importance of knowing
more about the Muslim faith and being reminded that although my cultural,
religious perspective my differer from my neighbor, in reality all are the
children of God and must be served as we serve Christ.
presenters sought social justice from perspectives very different than
mine – which caused me to challenge some of my beliefs and retest my
paradigms. I was particularly moved by the amount the presenters
“do” to fight injustice and left me wondering why I don’t do more…
We hope to see you again soon...
Family Happy Hour
October 22nd from 2-4 pm
Where: Francine Fleming’s home, 9129 Briar Forest, Houston, TX 77024
Bring a sweet or savory snack or wine to share. Soft drinks will be provided.
Please let Francine know if you are coming as she must notify the guard at the
gate of her community of guests who are expected to come.
Dominican Family Coffee
Come join us for a cup of coffee and camaraderie with other
Dominican Family Members at A
2nd Cup where proceeds from their cafe go towards raising
awareness and creating resources for survivors of human trafficking. Check out
their website: http://www.a2ndcup.com When:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10 am
Where: A 2nd Cup, 1111 E. 11th St. 77009, in the Heights
Contact Mary Gangelhoff if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't miss our next meeting, Monday, November 7th!
This meeting planned
by the Dominican Sisters will focus on their work on Social Justice.
Their presentation last November was a huge hit...you don't want to miss