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Readings, resources on Islam in church library

The church library in the social hall has a special section of books and materials about Islam as part of our effort to understand the teachings of Islam and combat the rise of violence and Islamophobia against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Books include copies of Quarn, guides to the Quarn, books about the Prophet Muhammad and several copies of “The Key…

Peace & Justice explores interfaith help for Syrian refugees

By Lisa Hall Pastor Andrea and I attended an interfaith meeting at B’nai Israel on January 9 to learn about congregations joining to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Representatives of Jewish Family Services and Acentria (formerly Lutheran Family Services) spoke and answered questions. These two agencies are contracted with the federal government to resettle refugees in western Massachusetts. The agencies don’t choose…

Soup for Syria Cookbook

A cookbook published by Interlink Books of Northampton called “Soup for Syria” aims to raise funds for the 3.8 million refugees displaced by the civil war there. In it, author and photographer Barbara Abdeni Massaud has assembled recipes contributed by international chefs and illustrated them not only with pictures of inviting bowls of soup, but also with appealing portraits of Syrian refugees,…

We Are Better Than This

In addition to the Black Lives Matter movement, the efforts being made to combat the violence and verbal hostility against blacks, immigrants, and Muslims in this country now includes a campaign launched by the progressive group, MoveOn.Org and joined by more than 700 progessive groups and thousands of individuals. It is called: “We Are Better Than This” and it directly addresses the…