On September 12th, the Southern Hills Interfaith Association and CAIR [Council on America-Islamic Relations] Ohio will be hosting an event called Teatime for Peace. This will be an opportunity to deepen the understanding and relationship between our Muslim neighbors and ourselves, through guided conversations over tea and treats.
Teatime for Peace is an initiative that grew out of the desire to counterbalance the political rhetoric of divisiveness and fear directed against American Muslims. The idea is to break through misinformed stereotypes by building bridges, focusing on our similarities, and celebrating our delightful differences! With approximately 70% of Americans not knowing anyone who is Muslim, or having little accurate information about Islam, it can be easy to listen to the voices of negativity, prejudice and fear. This gathering offers an excellent opportunity for people of diverse communities to get to know one another, and to recognize and celebrate our shared humanity and common aspirations.
The topics of our table conversations will include sharing our family history in the U.S., ways in which our faith traditions inspire us to improve our community, and things we can do to promote mutual respect and understanding. Ideally, we will all get to know someone from a different background or faith tradition, which may lead to further conversations and contact.
This event will be held at Brecksville United Church of Christ, 23 Public Sq. in Brecksville [Rt. 82, east of Central School].
Registration/Sign-in begins at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7:00.