Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner 2018

Event details

  • Thursday | March 1, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754
  • (512) 576-3905

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Join us to celebrate our differences! 

Theme of this year’s event: 

“Racial Reconciliation: The Role of Faith Communities”

“Why struggle to open doors between us when the whole wall is an illusion?” Rumi

In the current world of strident rhetoric, it is vital we work together in the spirit of earnest compassion, cooperation and community service. We must act with a deep sense of urgency to broaden our impact across all levels of society. For it is we who are tasked with creating a world where doing good must be our only competition.

Laila Muhammad is a sixth generation African American Muslim and leader within the interfaith community. Since the age of 15, Laila has traveled the world and fallen in love with the diversity of the human family. Continuing in the footsteps of her grandparents and parents, respectively, Hon. Elijah Muhammad & Sister Clara Muhammad, Imam W. Deen Mohammed & Sister Shirley Muhammad, Laila aims to build healthy community life for the betterment of humanity.

Laila currently serves as Executive Director of the Compassion Action Foundation. As an educator and community advocate, Laila empowers individuals and communities in need to reach their greatest human potential. In 2008, Laila organized the program, A Shared Memory, for the purpose of bringing diverse peoples together into a freedom space to share past, present, and future collective and individual life experiences. Laila works on curriculum and policy at the Sister Clara Muhammad School, now in its 85th year of existence. Additionally, she has collaborated with NGOs around the world, and has published two books of poetry, Sharing, and Life is a Cup to be Filled.

Laila holds a degree in Child Development from the University of Islam School (now the Sister Clara Muhammad School) and is working toward a Master of Divinity of Islamic Chaplaincy at Claremont School of Theology. She currently resides in Roselle, NJ.

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Services are provided with love and respect for each person. We are called to serve others as a reflection of our faith. 


Services are open to all – regardless of race, religion or income.


We promote social justice for all and work towards systemic changes.


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Voted BEST WORLD MUSIC BAND in Austin for the 6 years straight – Atash combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life!  Beyond Austin, Atash has spread its message of love and peace on the east and west coasts, in Taiwan, China, Spain and México, gaining legions of fans and sharing stages with such notable acts as Youssou N’DourMaceo ParkerAngelique KidjoOjos de BrujoThe Counting CrowsDiego El CigalaOmar SouleymanFatoumata DiawaraRicardo LemvoDelhi 2 DublinRed BaraatDengue Fever, and fellow Austinites The Octopus Project.  They are truly the Austin ambassadors of world music. When the music hits you, you feel no pain.




Raindrop Foundation – Austin



Unity Church of the Hills



Catholic Diocese of Austin

Süeda & Güner Arslan

Michelle & Carl Settles



St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

St. James’ Episcopal Church

Emin Temiz

One Human Race

Maria Elana Ramon

Congregation Beth Israel

Seminary of the Southwest

Tom Mason & Janis Monger

Concur Realty

The Front Porch

Yetkin Yildirim

Simone Talma Flowers – Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Ann Graham


Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

Kirk Watson, Texas State Senator

Sally Hernandez, Travis County Sheriff

Leslie Pool, Council Member, Austin City Council

Ora Houston, Council Member, Austin City Council

Kathie Tovo, Mayor Pro Tem & Council Member, Austin City Council

Velva Price, Travis County’s District Clerk

Andy Hathcock, Travis County Judge

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Lynn Hayden,  Ann Graham, Ali Khataw, Margot Marshall, Elliott Naishtat, Lenette Peterson, Michelle Settles, Yetkin Yildirim