An Evening with Karen Armstrong: Book Discussion on “The Case for God”

6 10 2009

By: Karen Armstrong
When: Thursday, October 8, 2009 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: The Wortham Center – 501 Texas, Houston, Texas, USA


The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance is partnering with The Progressive Forum to bring Karen Armstrong to The Wortham Center on October 8, 2009 to discuss her latest book, “The Case for God”. There will be a book signing following the lecture and books will be available for purchase through Brazos Bookstore. Detailed Ticket information can be found at:



What are we doing here? Who knows? How did we get here? I will tell you

28 08 2009

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Maira Kalman explains how everyone got to America.

Maira Kalman explains how everyone got to America.

The Domestic Crusaders: A Landmark Play About Muslim Americans

11 08 2009

The Domestic Crusaders focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child.

With a background of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations, culminating in an intense family battle as each “crusader” struggles to assert and impose their respective voices and opinions, while still attempting to maintain and understand that unifying thread that makes them part of the same family.


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Shia Ismaili Muslims: A Facet of The Islamic Mosaic of Diversity

4 08 2009

Presentation by HUSSEIN RASHID: proud Muslim, native New Yorker, Writer for religious dispatches(, Commentator for media outlets and professor-Hofstra University, and Of Course….DEEPLY COMMITTED TO INTERFAITH WORK

This event is planned to start at 11:45 am on Aug 5, 2009 at Ismali Center.

Hosted by: Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

Location:Ismali Center [685 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, GA]

Phone: 404-622-3399



Artwork by Iraqi Women and Panel Discussion

24 07 2009

Learn the facts.  Homeless Iraqi women in the Dallas area, more than 4,000 displaced Iraqi families in the Dallas area, and an estimated 4.5 million Iraqi displaced refugees in the world.  Find out more.

Janan Collection partners with the United Nations Association and other organizations in presenting the first national Press conference/Panel Discussion about “IRAQI WOMEN” – issues they are facing in America and worldwide. To bring more attention, awareness and to educate you about these issues so you, too, can care.

Topics to be discussed: Medical, Legal, Education, Childcare,  Art & Culture

Free admission. Open to the public. Iraqi artwork will be on display.

IRAQI WOMEN - Invitation

Representatives from each organization assisting or representing Iraqi women will be present to discuss key topics and issues facing these women.  Iraqi community leaders, professionals and families will be present. Members of the press, including members from the Arabic papers will also be present.

  Janan Collection

  Mosaic Family Services

  Iraqi American Association of North Texas               

  Texas Muslim Women’s                                                             

 Dallas United Nations Association

 Director of Arabic and Islamic Studies

Date/Time: Saturday, August 15, 2009 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Venue:  Life in Deep Ellum  2803 Taylor St Dallas, TX 75226-1907

For more information, please contact Teresa Nguyen.  972.746.3696 or

Memories of Spain: Scenes from Al Andalus

17 06 2009

spainMemories of Spain is Dancepatheatre’s repertory concert that will sweep audiences through various eras of Spanish history and style through dance, word, music and song. This concert is Dancepatheatre’s Zilkha Hall debut, and features its hallmark of fusing modern dance with story, word, and voice.

Dancepatheatre’s ongoing Al Andalus Project moves forward in this program with Scenes from Al Andalus, a suite of solo and duet dances reflecting the various cultures, music and dance styles that peacefully co-existed in medieval Andalusia. Historical characters portrayed in dance include Fatima of Cordoba (a famous Muslim career woman and scholar), Hasdai Ibn Shaprut (leader of Cordoba’s Jewish community and foreign minister to the caliph), and Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of England), as well as a Greek Christian monk, a gypsy matron, and a Berber princess. Love duets, magic, and exotic intrigue are plentiful in this suite.

8:00pm performance. Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street, Houston Texas. Tickets: $11 Students and Seniors. $21 General Admission. $60 Front Row VIP with Cast Party Admission. Box Office:  or 713-315-2525. Information: call 713-522-6000, visit, or email

This Dancepatheatre project is supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.


Speak to us of Giving

21 04 2009

An excerpt from THE PROPHET, by Kahlil Gibran



Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.”
And he answered:

 You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions but things
you keep and guard
for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow
bring to the overprudent dog
burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the
pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full,
the thirst that is unquenchable?

 There are those who give little
of the much which they have-
and they give it
for recognition and their hidden desire
makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life,
and their coffer is never empty.

There are those who give with joy,
and their joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain,
and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not
pain in giving, nor do they seek joy,
nor give with mindfulness of virtue:
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle
breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hands of such as these God
speaks, and from behind their eyes
He smiles upon the earth.

 It is well to give when asked, but it is
better to give unasked, through understanding:
And to the open-handed the search for
one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
And is there aught your would withhold?
All you have shall some day be given:
Therefore give now, that the season of
giving may be yours and not your inheritors’.

 You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”
The trees in your orchard say not so,
nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live,
for to with-hold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his
days and nights, is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from
the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

And what desert greater shall there be,
than that, which lies in the courage and the
confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?
And who are you that men should rend
their bosom and unveil their pride,
that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed?

See first that you yourself deserve to be
a giver, and an instrument of giving.

For in truth it is life that gives unto life-
while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

And you receivers- and you are all
receivers- assume no weight of gratitude,
lest you lay a yoke upon
yourself and upon he who gives.

Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings:
For to be over mindful of your debt, is
to doubt his generosity who has the
free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father