April: A Sacred Season of Love, Freedom and Justice

For the first time in 30 years, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Baha’is, Hindus, Buddhists and Indigenous nations will observe holidays simultaneously, with celebrations of Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Mahavir Jayanti, Theravada New Year and the Gathering of Nations all occurring in April. At the same time we are witnessing a rise of intolerance and discriminatory laws that threaten our nation’s multiracial and multi-faith democracy. 

Upcoming Virtual Events:

Book Club: Innocent Until Proven Muslim by Dr. Maha Hilal

Wednesday, April 6
7 p.m. ET

Join Rev. Jen Butler and Dr. Maha Hilal for a virtual discussion of Dr. Hilal’s new book, Innocent Until Proven Muslim: Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Muslim Experience Since 9/11

Dr. Hilal is a researcher and writer on institutionalized Islamophobia and Co-founder of Justice for Muslims Collective. She is the founding Executive Director of the Muslim Counterpublics Lab, an organizer with Witness Against Torture and a Council member of the School of the Americas Watch. Innocent Until Proven Muslim sheds light on the last twenty years of the War on Terror including the role of official narrative in justifying the creation of a sprawling apparatus of state violence rooted in Islamophobia. Centering the impact of the War on Terror on Muslims and Muslim Americans, Dr. Hilal shares how some have internalized oppression, perpetuated collective responsibility, and how the lived experiences of Muslim Americans reflect what it means to live as part of a "suspect" community. Join Rev. Butler and Dr. Hilal as they discuss this book and explore what we can do to create a better future. 


A Sacred Season of Love, Freedom and Justice: A Faith Leader Round Table

Thursday, April 7
12 p.m. ET

Join Rev. Jennifer Butler, Dr. Sabrina E. Dent, Hurunnessa Fariad, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Manjit Singh,  Sunita Viswanath and others for a multi-faith roundtable conversation that celebrates the convergence of our sacred celebrations, highlights our shared values of love, freedom and justice for all people and disrupts white Christian nationalists' attempts to decide what ideas, identities and practices are valued and protected in our nation.

White Supremacy and American Christianity: A Conversation with Robert P. Jones and Fr. Bryan Massingale 

Saturday, April 9
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Join Faith in Public Life’s coalition partners for a half-day virtual conference that examines the Christian roots of white supremacy, empowering attendees to root this sinful practice out of our traditions and communities. 

Fr. Bryan Massingale, a powerful voice on racial justice and the Catholic Church, will join Robert P. Jones, whose recent book White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, offers critical historical and present context for the rise of public white supremacy in the U.S. Following a conversation between these two scholars, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Marcia Chatelain will offer a response. 

Cry Loud: A Multifaith Service of Lament for Victims of State Violence 

Thursday, April 14
12 p.m. ET

Join us as we gather across faiths to mourn the loss of life and unify our outcry for an end to state-sanctioned violence. From our rich traditions, we acknowledge that this violence disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous and other people of color, while using our sacred texts to call for justice and peace.

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Join us throughout the month of April as we celebrate sacred traditions, reaffirm our commitment to our shared values of love, freedom and justice for all, challenge white Christian nationalists' attempts to decide what ideas, identities and practices are valued and protected in our nation and commit to protecting our neighbors and building a true multi-faith, multiracial democracy.


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