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July 23 | Washington D.C.
THE AMERICAN MUSLIM MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Liberty, Justice, Peace
Location | Washington Monument: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024
Americans from all backgrounds are invited to attend this historical event.  If you want peace and support the celebration of diversity in the United States, this event is for you. Time to stand United against Bigotry, Fear and Gun Violence.  
Admission | Free
Time | 2-8pm
For more information, click here

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June 23 | Los Angeles
Film Screening & Community Discussion: Syria’s Courageous Women
Location | Venice Arts: 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
The Light In Her Eyes
Dir. Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix | Syria | 2011
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls 30 years ago. Until the civil war (currently wreaking havoc on Syria), her female students immersed themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. Shot right before the uprising in Syria began, “The Light in Her Eyes” offers and extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Community discussion to follow.
Admission | Free
Time | 7:30-9pm
To reserve your seats, click here

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Mar 8 | Los Angeles
Shirin Ebadi—Until We Are Free: In Conversation with Reza Aslan
Location | Skirball Cultural Center: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, join human rights lawyer Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In conversation with Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot, Dr. Ebadi will share her personal story of courage and resilience, spending decades defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. In her new book, Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran, Dr. Ebadi describes her experience of intimidation and harassment by the Islamic Republic. Although the Iranian government took nearly everything from her—her marriage, her friends, her colleagues, her home, her legal career, even her Nobel Prize—they couldn’t steal her spirit to fight for justice. According to Aslan, Dr. Ebadi is “quite simply the most vital voice for freedom and human rights in Iran.” Be inspired by this story of a woman who never gave up, no matter what the risks. Books available for purchase. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.
Admission | Free
Time | 8pm
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The Story of God-Morgan Freeman
Mar 31 | Claremont
Advanced Screening: The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
Location | Claremont School Of Theology – Mudd Theater: 1325 North College Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
An advanced screening of National Geographic’s new six-part documentary series: “The Story of God” (1st episode to air Apr. 3), which explores the concept of God through the narrated lens by Morgan Freeman through various religions around the world. Light refreshments will be served. Hosted by Tripp Fuller & Phillip Clayton. Discussion with leaders of faith to follow.
Admission | Free
Time | 6:30-9pm
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love is a verb

Feb 11 | Riverside
Screening: Love is a Verb
Location | Regency University Village 10 – 1201 A University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
Love Is A Verb is an examination of a social movement of Sufi inspired Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for service or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013. As it is explained to us in the film by Marcia Hermansen, Director of the Islamic World Studies, Loyola University of Chicago: “This movement is not about individual enlightenment, this is about making the world a better place. But while making the world a better place, at the same time, this altruism is also transformative.”
Admission | Free
Time | 6:30-7:30pm
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Speaker: Rev. Jim Wallis

Speaker: Rev. Jim Wallis

Feb 16 | Los Angeles
A Bridge To A New America: A Conversation on Race, Faith, and Justice with Jim Wallis, Founder and President of Sojourners Magazine
Location | Second Baptist Church– 2412 Griffith Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
With the publication of his new book—America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America—Jim Wallis is leading a series of regional and local discussions that contribute to the much-needed national conversation on racism, white privilege, and urgent criminal justice reform. Join Fuller Seminary​ at Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles​ as we host Jim Wallis and local ​LA​ leaders to engage “A Bridge to a New America: A Conversation on Race, Faith, and Justice.”
Admission | Free
Time | 7pm-9pm
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Chaplains

Oct 8 | Los Angeles
Chaplains: An Evening With the Filmmaker
Location | Claremont School of Theology: 1325 North College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
Claremont School of Theology (CST) will host An Evening with the Filmmaker featuring documentarian Martin Doblmeier and an advance screening of latest film CHAPLAINS, due to air on public television this November. This event is presented by the Truman Barrett Speaker Series at CST. CHAPLAINS is a 2-hour film and the latest production of Journey Films of Alexandria, VA. It is structured as a series of story profiles following an extraordinary group of dedicated men and women into a multitude of arenas: a Catholic priest who serves soldiers on the battlefields in Afghanistan, a former actor-turned-rabbi who now works at a Hollywood retirement home, a 120-member chaplaincy team at a poultry and meat processing company, a Buddhist woman who works at a men’s maximum prison in Oregon, as well as those who serve in the U.S. Congress, hospitals, even at NASCAR. Through these diverse stories, CHAPLAINS offers an engrossing and thought-provoking look at men and women who live out a faith commitment in the service of others in the public sector.
Admission | Free
Time | 5:30pm-9pm
For more info & to reserve your seat, RSVP here

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Sept 19 | Los Angeles
Cloth Peddler/Arşın Mal Alan – Azerbaijani Musical Comedy Film
Location |  The Ricardo Montalban Theater: 1615 Vine Street., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Cloth Peddler/Arşın Mal Alan is a film adaptation of the comic and romantic operetta of the same name, which was composed by the founder of Azerbaijani opera and classical music Uzeyir Hajibevli and premiered in Azerbaijan in 1913, thus becoming the first operetta in the entire Muslim world. Shot in 1945 and characterized by a witty plot, wonderful music,  and great singing and acting, the film quickly became a box office sensation. It remains an important cultural touchstone across Eurasia and beyond having been distributed in 86 languages and shown in 136 countries. The film is about pure love, women’s rights, and a young couple’s dreams for a modern way of life free of restricting customs. Film will be presented with English sub-titles.
Admission | Free (One night only); $15 parking
Time | 6:30pm- 8:30pm
For more info & to register for this special screening,   RSVP here

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Aug 21 – 23 | Los Angeles
GODSPEED A Rock Opera
Location |  El Portal Theatre: 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Godspeed – A Rock Opera by Sammy Oriti, is a 90 minute musical journey through the Bible. With lyrics derived solely from scripture, Godspeed Rocks the story of Creation, Adam & Eve, The Serpent, Virgin Mary, John The Baptist, Jesus, Satan, The Pharisees, The Sinful Woman, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene, Peter and Thomas in true Rock Opera fashion. A powerful stage production with a cast of 22 singers and dancers featuring a six piece progressive rock band with some of LA’s most talented musicians. Godspeed – A Rock Opera – The Spirit will move you.  
Admission | $45
Time | Aug 21: 8pm; Aug 22: 3pm & 8pm; Aug 23: 3pm
For more info & to register, buy tickets here

Faith & Science Conference

July 17-18 | New York
Faith & Science Conference
Location | First Evangelical Free Church: 6501 6th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11220
Hugh Ross and a team from Reasons to Believe (reasons.org) will speak on their faith and professional disciplines in the sciences.  Question & Answer sessions are scheduled after each topic.
Admission | Free
Time | July 17: 7pm-9pm; July 18: 9am-1:30pm;
For more info & to register, click here

June 11  | Washington DC
Religion and Foreign Policy: A Transatlantic Comparison
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
(3rd Floor Conf. Room) 3307 M St. NW, Suite 200., Washington, DC 20007
This event will examine how religion and religious actors impact and influence politics and foreign policy in North America, Europe, and Europe’s neighborhood.
Free Admission | 12pm-2pm
To register, RSVP here

Culture Lab: Sacrifice

June 26-28 | Los Angeles
SIJCC Presents: Culture Lab – Sacrifice
Location | Atwater Village Theater: 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Culture Lab: Sacrifice is an interactive, mixed-media art installation and performance piece created by a group of four artists working in various disciplines, including dance, theatre and fine art. The piece engages participants around the central concept of sacrifice, leading them on a journey of self-discovery. This collaborative art experience asks the question: “What sacrifices have you made in order to be where you are today?” Culture Lab is an interdisciplinary arts program, presented by the SIJCC, designed to foster new work and provoke a community-wide conversation about arts and culture that is grounded in Jewish tradition.
Admission | Free ($10 suggested donation)
Time | June 26 & June 27 (7pm-10pm); June 28 (2pm-5pm)
To register, RSVP here