3rd Annual Gathering for Unity event

December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Islamic Center of Tucson
901 E 1st St
Tucson, AZ 85719

From Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik:

Our friends over at the Islamic Center of Tucson are hosting an interfaith celebration on Thursday, December 14th. This will be the third year for this important community event. The format includes speakers representing a variety of faith traditions. I’m honored to again be invited to represent the M&C as a speaker. The event will begin at 5:30. The ICT is located at the corner of Tyndall and 1st. Please come and help us affirm the inclusive heart of Tucson.”



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  1. Over 60 people at this 3rd Annual Gathering for Unity event at the ICT. MC Sister Aiman Arif welcomed everyone, then there was a recitation of the Qu’ran by Sheikh Kamil Khalaf (C. 49). Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke that this was Hanukkah, when they fill the rooms with light from the Menorah, wanted to invoke “decency/respect for each other” at this time. Then Bryan Davis, E.D. of the Tucson Jewish Center said we need to be “models of resistance & courage” now, for”unity & light”. ICT board member Mahmoud Abagi said that the ICT’s goal is for “unity in a diverse community of immigrants (America)”. Pastor Owen Chandler from Saguaro Christian Church wants to “embrace others in community/live in love not fear”. Tucson Quaker Friends George Mairs spoke of bonds with ICT, theme of light, to see “light in others”. Then Ward 6 Councilmember Steve K said that in our polarized world, time to “give voice to unity in action”. Finally Pastor Taylor Burgoyne said that a Muslim ban is the “new sad normal”, but we need a landslide of “cultural change”, because it is “difficult to hate up close”, that “love not shown is love not known”. Then the ICT gave appreciation plaques to two Jews Marty Johnston and Stephanie Roberts who raised $14,000 in a GoFundMe campaign to assist them after the March 2017 vandalism at the ICT (when numerous Qu’rans were destroyed & ICT was vandalized). $20,800 was raised by donations from around the world. A light meal & desserts were served after the unity service. Also present tonight was John Winchester, former candidate for D 1 Supervisor in 2016 (Republican primary).

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