Panel on Religion and More

In late January, NewGround had the honor of joining the University of Southern California for a panel on religion, civic communication, and storytelling.  Aziza Hasan, representing NewGround, spoke alongside many other faith leaders.

Aziza provided insight on the critical nature of forming interfaith and intercultural communities:

“We can form community around each other to make really difficult conversations possible. Thats why I do NewGround. This softness in the window is what NewGround creates.”

 

NewGround and Pluralism

Check out board members Edina Lekovic and Brie Loskota in a publication released today by The Aspen Institute on how NewGround occupies an important role in this incredibly important conversation on pluralism.

Pluralism in Peril, a new report by the Inclusive America Project, addresses how our nation can maintain its historical commitment to embracing people of all faith backgrounds against a backdrop of polarization. Religious pluralism may be under threat, but effective tools and strategies are available to defenders of this core American value. Pluralism in Peril offers guidance to community and interfaith leaders, youth-serving organizations, philanthropists, and state and local officials on specific action steps to build a more resilient, trust-based environment that fully incorporates American religious minorities. Essays explore ways to increase basic religious literacy, promote allyship and community resilience, and build bridges between youth of different faith traditions. Pluralism in Peril’s authors come from across the political spectrum and include former government officials, religious leaders, interfaith activists, and scholars. While they do not agree on everything, they all insist that America’s religious diversity keeps us strong and that an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths.

Aziza at Temple Emanuel

Executive Director, Aziza Hasan, presented at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills. Speaking on NewGround’s Two Faiths One Prayer video, Aziza talked about the power of Muslims and Jews standing side by side in authentic prayer.

Watch Two Faiths One Prayer here!