Faith Over Fear - Grand Rapids: Living Courageously Alongside Our Muslim Neighbors

Faith Over Fear

Date and Time

Saturday, March 19, 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Kuyper College (3333 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)


WHAT: Faith Over Fear - Grand Rapids: Living Courageously Alongside Our Muslim Neighbors
WHEN: March 18-19, 2022 (see timing & events below)
WHERE: Kuyper College (more details to follow)

This training, organized by Shoulder to Shoulder in partnership with the Kaufman Institute, Kuyper College, the Christian Reformed Church's Office of Social Justice, and the Reformed Church in America, is designed for faith leaders, lay leaders, and multifaith or faith-based organizational leaders (with a special focus on Christians*) who wish to counter anti-Muslim discrimination in their communities. We'll share up-to-date research, resources, tools, and messaging to be stronger, strategic, and more effective actors in shaping our nation toward a greater vision - where all people, no matter their religious or cultural background, are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

*The Implementation Team has determined that adults who wish to attend in-person are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and in the spirit of hospitality, masks will be provided and required for this event.* 


Friday, March 18th, 2022 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Registration, Coffee & Light Refreshments/Open Zoom Room 

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Why are we here? Why Should I Care?  

This opening Faith Over Fear session will feature some words of welcome & orientation, group introductions. Interactive: Personal introductions, small group discussions on why we’re here.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Who are American Muslims? 

10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. | Break

10:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | What is Islamophobia: Contextualizing Anti-Muslim Discrimination in the United States  

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Optional Lunch Buffet

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Optional Observing Jum’ah Prayers


Saturday, March 19, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Coffee, Tea & Pastries 

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Communications & Messaging for Change 

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | "But What About: H ot button topics, common tropes, myths, and misperceptions about Islam and Muslims"

This moderated conversation on hot button topics, common tropes, myths, and misperceptions about Islam and Muslims will dive into the hard issues that come up in this space that we sometimes brush over - i.e., evangelism, political polarization, etc.

11:00 a.m. - 11:10 p.m. | Break 

11:10 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Strategies for Engagement & Change

This session will focus on some key ways people have navigated the challenges of showing up for one another and reaching beyond the interfaith choir featuring partners who have been successful in organizing on different fronts and different contexts, including “firefighting” and “tree planting.”

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Developing Your Strategy Workshop

Participants will continue to unpack and develop their values-based communications messaging work and delve deeper into audience mapping and an attitudes & involvement chart for strategically moving people toward positive & active engagement. 

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Closing & Next Steps


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


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