Reunion Iftar & Book Signing

Dialogue Institute had the pleasure of hosting this Ramadan’s first Dialogue & Reunion Iftar Dinner! The evening started with David Searcy signing his book “Shame and Wonder” at Turquoise Center and followed a brief introduction of Ramadan and the significance of this holy month. Home cooked delicious dishes from the Turkish...

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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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Join us for a Ramadan Home Iftar!

Welcome to the Ramadan Home Iftars & Sahoors by Dialogue Institute. Dialogue Institute’s volunteer families are excited to host you and your whole family for an Iftar Dinner or Sahoor Breakfast during this holy month. Please click to RSVP and fill out the form for Dialogue Institute to be able to match you with the...

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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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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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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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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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