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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Friendship and Dialogue Dinner

Everyone who attended the Dialogue Institute Austin’s dinner, March 1st,, at the Asian American Cultural Center in Austin experienced a great evening of fellowship.  Over two hundred people representing many different cultures, backgrounds, and religions gathered in support of dialogue, solidarity, tolerance, peace, and love. Dr. Steven Kinney, the evening’s master...

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Noah’s Pudding Sharings

Dialogue Institute Austin hosted Noah’s Pudding events at First English Lutheran Church of Austin, St James Episcopal Church, Central Presbyterian Church  and Unity Church of the Hills in an effort to spread the message of living with people from diverse cultures in harmony and peace. Noah’s Pudding As the story...

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Dialogue Matters on Equal Employment

Flynn A. Lee, Gail McCant, Enrique Serrano and Rochion Gregg from Equal Employment/Fair Housing Office in City of Austin have talked about rules and regulations on Employment Discrimination, Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, Housing Discrimination and Public Accommodations Ordinance. Rights and responsibilities of the employees and employers are discussed. Procedures to follow in order to get help...

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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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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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