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  • Meet Your Muslim Neighbor

    “Ramadan Home Dinners” is a long tradition of Dialogue Institute for many years where people of various faiths meet their neighbors and friends at their homes to share a meal. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, during which fasting from dawn to dusk is observed by Muslims...

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  • Jewish Holiday of Purim and Community Response to Hate and Violence

      An educational leader and teacher, Rabbi Susan Lippe teaches at Selah of South Austin, Texas,  while studying Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School. Prior to her career switch, she has worked as a Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Beth Israel, Austin Texas for seven years and Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA for six...

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  • Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner 2017

      We had such a great time with all the participations at the Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner on March 2nd, 2017. There were dialogue, solidarity, tolerance, peace, love and so on at the program The night started with a warm welcome from the emcee of the night Austin’s very...

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  • “Soul Fury: Rumi and Friendship” with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen

    In another one-time-only Front Porch Special Event, we are blessed beyond measure to welcome legendary Rumi scholar and translator, Coleman Barks, to our makeshift stage in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Sanctuary. Join us for this incredible happening this February 23rd at 7PM. Tickets for this event are available NOW at...

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  • 2016 Iftar Dinners in Austin

    Dialogue Institute organized more than 20 iftar dinners in Austin during the Ramadan. Cathedrals ,Churches  and Synagogues opened their doors for the Iftar dinners. It has been fantastic to come together and have dinners with people of different religions.  The tradition of breaking fast with friends, neighbors and the needy...

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  • Fethullah Gulen’s Statement on Orlando Shooting

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific attack that took place in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. I unequivocally condemn this hate-driven terrorist attack and I share my revolt and disgust with billions of people around the world. Media reports stated that the attacker...

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  • We condemn the horrifying mass shooting in Florida!

    June 12, 2016 – We condemn the horrifying mass shooting in Florida this morning that left more than 50 dead and injured many more. This act of terror is an attack on our common humanity and values. It is more important than ever to stand in solidarity against violence, hate, and...

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  • The Annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinner – 2016

         The Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner brought together more than 200 people from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive atmosphere in the Austin community for people of all religions and cultures. Participants included academics, policymakers, faith and community leaders. The Annual Dinner, sponsored by generous organizations and individuals,...

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  • Alevi-Bekhtashi Expressive Culture

    In this interactive lecture/workshop, Mr. Şimşek will demonstrate and explain some of the most important textual and musical elements of Alevi-Bektaşi expressive culture, as they have been practiced historically and are still experienced in religious settings in Turkey today. This lecture will be in Turkish.

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  • Introduction to Islam – Austin Graduate School of Theology

                                     

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  • Fethullah Gulen Condemns Brussels Terrorist Attacks

    NEW YORK, March 24, 2016 – I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attacks at the Brussels International Airport and Metro station on March 22 that resulted in the deaths of more than 30 people and the injuries of hundreds. Regardless of the perpetrators and their stated purposes, every terrorist attack is a...

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  • Interfaith Academy – Varieties of Faith

    On March 9th, a delightful Interfaith Academy event was held at St. George’s Episcopal Church.   Reverend Kevin Schubert and Imam Okan Dogan addressed the topic of Varieties of Faith in Christianity and Islam. This event was the last one of this year’s Lenten Series – Common Ground Amidst Our Faiths: Comparing Shared...

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  • Interfaith Academy – Environmental Care

    Dr. Bilgin and M.Div student J. Clarkson clearly presented Islamic and Christian perspectives on the topic of Environmental Care. Bilgin drew attention to some significant facts about environmental problems stemming from pollution. Also taking account for the meanings of the universe and the place of people in this world according...

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  • AFSV Denounces President Erdogan’s Seizure of Leading Newspaper Zaman

    NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 – The Turkish government’s seizure of Zaman, the largest-selling newspaper in Turkey, is an attack on the country’s human rights, civil society and freedom of expression and the media. In his effort to consolidate power and silence all dissent, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s actions only...

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  • Interfaith Academy – Living Together in Peace

    Reverend Madeline Hawley and Mr. Erdem Balikci addressed the topic of Environmental Care from Christian and Islamic perspectives respectively at Interfaith Academy Panel that took place at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Wednesday evening,  March 2nd.     Rev. Madeline began her speech with the Islamic greeting, As Salamu Alaikum....

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  • Fethullah Gulen’s Op-ed in Le Monde: Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam

    Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called ISIS. I share a profound frustration with a billion and a half Muslims around the world at the fact that such groups commit terror while...

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  • Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

    At our first book club meeting on Feb 24, 2106 we discussed Brian McLaren’s Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Below are a few quotes from some of participants. “A thought-provoking and insightful book motivating to be open to any other person, community and religion...

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  • Hizmet in Africa by Ambassador David Shinn

    Hizmet in Africa The Activities and Significance of the Gülen Movement is the only book-length work that analyzes the multifaceted activities in Africa of the followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999. In 2008, Foreign Policy magazine named Gülen as the world’s top...

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  • Dialogue Matters with Rev. Stephen Jolly

    On February 18, 2016, Rev. Stephen Jolly, Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Austin,  was our guest speaker. This event was a continuation of a strong relationship that the Dialogue Institute started with the First Baptist Church. Most guests at our Dialogue Matters tonight were from First Baptist Church of...

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  • Justice in Christianity and Islam

    The topic of the Interfaith Panel on February 17th was Justice. The event was hosted by the St. James’ Episcopal Church. Dr. Candas focused on Islam’s perspective, emphasizing  the importance of the belief in Justice Day and Afterlife. Rev. David Hoster described Christian’s view, and defined it as “something that...

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  • Islamic Reform and Secularization: Late Ottoman Intellectual Discussions

    Dr. Mustafa Gökçek from Niagara University delivered a lecture on Islamic Reform and Secularization as part of the Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series at the University of Texas at Austin on February 16, 2015. Gökçek is an Associate Professor of History in Niagara University, specializing in various countries in various time periods such as the...

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  • Start a dialogue condemning acts of terrorism, not Islam

    Imagine that I want to know the speed limit on MoPac Boulevard and decide to measure the speeds of cars driving on the highway to figure it out. I would probably conclude that the speed limit is around 85 miles an hour as I’m likely to see several cars driving...

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  • Islam and the Hizmet Movement

    Understanding faith brings people one step closer to adversity, which was a message that Mr. Okan Dogan attempted to spread in this month’s Interfaith Academy. It took place at the First Baptist Church of Austin. Dogan presented an overview of Islam  and the Gülen movement to a group of about...

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  • Regional Advisory Board Meeting held in Oklahoma City

    Dialogue Institute held its annual Regional Advisory Committee Meeting in Oklahoma City on January 9, 2016. More than 60 members from many cities where Dialogue Institute serves participate in this yearly effort to explore how to advance dialogue, mutual understanding, peace and respect in our societies. The event had a...

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  • Noah’s Pudding at Central Presbyterian Church

    With the help of speaker Kuaye Batsurk, director of the Raindrop Women’s Association, the Interfaith Dialog hosted festivities by serving Noah’s Pudding to attendants to spread the message of togetherness on November 22, 2015.   Noah’s Pudding As the story tells us, Noah’s Ark landed on top of a mountain...

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  • “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” by Rebecca Guengerich

                On Nov. 19 2015, Rebecca Guengerich, Pastoral Associate at the Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Texas at Austin, was the guest speaker for the Dialogue Matters program. The topic of her talk was Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity. In her speech, she...

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  • Interfaith Academy – Faith in the context of Military Service from Christian and Islamic Perspectives

    This month’s Interfaith Academy took place at Central Christian Church of Austin on November 12th. As a tribute to Veterans’s Day and Veterans, the topic was chosen as Faith in the context of Military Service from Christian and Islamic Perspectives. The event, moderated by Rev. Eric Gates – the senior minister...

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  • The Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions -2015

    Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Austin hosted another remarkable event, The Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions, at Raindrop Turkish House on October 14, Wednesday. The topic was “Antidote to Extremism.” As the keynote speaker of the event, Rev. Dirk Ficca, Former Executive Director of Council for a Parliament of the World’s...

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  • Whirling Dervishes Performance

    Whirling Dervishes and a Sufi music ensemble traveling from Konya, Turkey made a rare Austin appearance at Riverbend Centre on Friday, September 25, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Dialogue Institute of the Southwest,  and co-sponsored by Unity Church of the Hills, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Jim Harrington, Concur Realty and Zihno...

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  • Poetry Readings by Eminent Poets from U.S. and Canada with Keki N. Daruwalla

    Spreading the message of togetherness in a community, the Dialogue Institute invited guests to Dialogue Matters in August 1, 2015.  Guests who attended had a grand time eating Turkish food and listening to poetry readings from renowned South Asian poets as an atmosphere of camaraderie and entertainment filled the air. Notable poets who attended...

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  • First English Lutheran Church of Austin

    The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest teamed up with the First English Lutheran Church to celebrate the Islamic tradition of breaking the Ramadan Fast for the night in June 24, 2015.  

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  • Ramadan Iftar Dinners 2015

    The holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, is a time of engagement for Muslims. During the month of Ramadan in 2015, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Austin has shared Iftar dinners with varied communities and faith groups to foster  universal  human values such as mutual...

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  • Sacrifice

    Interfaith Academy series continued at the St. George’s Episcopal Church on March 24th, focusing on the concept of “Sacrifice” in Christianity and Islam.  

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  • High Holidays in Judaism

    Rabbi Septimus gave a talk on “High holidays in Judaism and the wisdom behind” in Raindrop Turkish House on February 19, 2015.

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  • Dialogue Matters – Religious Studies and Tips for a Life of Public Service After Graduation

    Dialogue Institute of the Southwest and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UTA sponsored  an Interfaith Academy event together on February 5th. Abdullah Antepli, the first Muslim chaplain to serve on a United States university campus, gave a speech on his life’s journey and tips about how to realize...

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  • Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2014

    Annual Friendship and Dialog Dinner 2014 was held in Hilton-Austin on October 19th. Over 250 guests joined us for this multi-cultural event of food, festivities and conversation, as we celebrated diversity and came together to recognize the value of our common bond. Keynoter Tom Spencer, well-known to Austinites, addressed “social responsibility...

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  • Sacred Music in Abrahamic Traditions, 2014

    This year’s event was held in Contregation Agudas Achim (Dell Jewish Center), on September 4th, Thursday, with the theme of “Sacred Music“. The event started with dinner, and continued with speeches of Neil Blumofe, Rabbi at the Congregation Agudas Achim; Dan Girardot, Director of Liturgy and Music at St Theresa Catholic Church;...

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  • Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2013

    The 2013 Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner was held at the Hilton Austin on October 20, 2013. The year’s keynote speaker was Coleman Barks, a poet renowned for translating books of Rumi. Barks performed Rumi’s poetry with the aid of Grammy Winner Cellist David Darling. Other speakers include theology, philosophy, and...

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  • Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner 2012

    The 2012 Annual Friendship and Dialog Dinner was held in Hilton-Austin on November 11th, 2012. In the dinner program, a keynote by Father Louis T. Brusatti, Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies and Director: Center for Religion and Culture at St. Edward’s University, and discussed the question, “What is...

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