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Review for Salaam Network Inc, Louisville, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is to communicate our appreciation for the hugely important work currently being performed by The Salam Network in support of religious and cultural education within the greater Louisville Community.

We are Chairpersons of the Adult Religious Exploration (ARE) Committee for our church. The central purpose of our committee is to support and inform the adults in our community by developing and offering inclusive and meaningful educational and religious exploration experiences. Our Committee’s hopes and dreams are to expand our reach to more community members beyond our congregation. We support a growing community of lifelong learners who will live within a world of diverse cultures, respect those cultures, and know that we are each lovable beings of infinite worth.

Living in a predominantly Christian nation, it is essential that members of the Louisville community become more knowledgeable and sophisticated as it concerns the culture, thinking, and interests of others in the world, including members of the Muslim faith. The misinformation that exists regarding that faith is a hindrance to us all. Twice a year the ARE Committee offers weekly classes of up to eight weeks in length. During our Fall 2019 Open Campus program, the Salam Network collaborated with two of our members to develop and present an 8-week class focused on the "Contributions of Islam to World Civilization." The class was diverse in scope, engaging, well organized, and well presented. It was an ambitious undertaking; it involved a relatively large number of facilitators who shared a huge amount of information. The subject matter was important and highly relevant to today's events. The feedback we received regarding the class has been consistently very positive.

Nurturing interfaith relations and connecting with members outside our congregation are important goals for us. We so appreciate the participation of members of the Salaam Network in our educational program, and we so value their interfaith work in the greater Louisville community. The Salam Network is composed of compassionate communicators and bridge builders. The leadership they provide within interfaith relations and the knowledge/understanding they impart to others regarding the Muslim faith makes our entire community safer, closer, and healthier. Our greater community is clearly better positioned for the future because the Salaam Network is a part of who we are.

We firmly support recognizing the Network’s efforts and accomplishments and providing support to their goals and activities.

Alan Godsave & Marilyn Snyder
Co-Chairpersons, ARE Committee
Thomas Jefferson UU Church

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