Xavier University’s Brueggeman Center For Dialogue Honored By Islamic Center

Honor part of Islamic Center 10th Anniversary Celebration | November 14, 2005

Honor part of Islamic Center 10th Anniversary Celebration

Xavier University’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue will be honored by the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati with a Building Bridges award. The honor is part of the Islamic Center’s celebration, November 19-20, of a decade of “Building Bridges” between local Muslims and Greater Cincinnati.

The Building Bridges awards banquet is Saturday, November 19. The banquet will recognize the first ever recipients of this award who have been instrumental in constructing and strengthening the bridges of interfaith understanding, dialogue, and a stronger community.

“Congratulations to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on their 10th anniversary,” says Dr. James Buchanan, Brueggeman Center director. “The Brueggeman Center has grown and been enriched through our association with the Islamic Center. We are honored by their recognition of the work we do and look forward to another decade of partnership.”

The Brueggeman Center seeks to foster dialogue that is interreligious, interdisciplinary, intercultural and interinstitutional. The center’s mission states: “True dialogue demands not just that we speak, but that we be willing to listen to the other voices and positions, that we be open to the possibility of new understanding and personal and communal transformation that can emerge. Through dialogue we hope to find common concerns and common ground. Our belief is that whatever the ultimate answers might be, dialogue is the starting place.”

The Brueggeman Center will be honored along with The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) Greater Cincinnati and West Chester Township of Butler County.

The Building Bridges banquet keynote speaker will be internationally recognized Maha ElGenaidi, president and founder of Islamic Networks Group. ElGenaidi is sought after for her work in education, interfaith outreach and promoting peace. She is one of the most influential American Muslim women of our time.

The celebration weekend hosts a smorgasbord of activities that are educational, tasteful, enjoyable and visually pleasing and are all open to the public. All events, other than the banquet and café, are free. Other than the Building Bridge’ banquet, which requires confirmed reservations, the Saturday programs and activities are from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and include; guided tours, cultural displays, café, book fair with guest authors and an interfaith dialogue panel discussion.

The Sunday events are from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and are titled “Celebrating our Youth Day.” Sunday is organized by Muslim youth to celebrate with friends of all faiths through cultural skits, children singing, video presentations, Quranic recitations, a lunch cafe and continuation of guided tours, cultural displays and book fair.

The programs have been made possible with the generous support of Xavier University, Helal and Laila El-Sewedy and the Islamic Center community

The Center and its community have been major influencing factors in the dynamics and successes of Greater Cincinnati in many areas. Its leaders and community are a very well educated community that has been embedded into the fabric of Cincinnati from the early 1960s. It has grown from a handful of families at that time to nearly 25,000 Muslims in the Greater Cincinnati area. Those engaged and committed to the Islamic Center and its mission of ‘Building Bridges’ also contribute significantly to and hold major influential positions in many key local organizations. They and the Muslim community at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati invite all to come celebrate, share, learn and build the bridges for the future.

For more information on the Islamic Center, please contact Shakila Ahmad at 513-755-3280.