Dr. Sayyid Syeed is speaker at Washington, DC Chapter meeting

by Jeanean Merkel

Dr. Sayyid Syeed, founder and former CEO of the Islamic Society of North America, kicked off the fall session of the RCC DC Chapter on September 18. He encouraged RCC members to "continue to be the vehicles of this new experience of interfaith cooperation" that he said has bloomed in America over the last 50 years.

Photos by Cherilyn Crowe

ISNA recently held its 50th annual convention, attended by 25,000 Muslims and an additional 1,000 Christians and Jews, who participated in a variety of ways. Of special interest to RCC DC Chapter members was news that the ISNA Interfaith Unity Banquet honored Clark Lobenstine, the long-time Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

Dr. Syeed spoke of ISNA's public policy presence in Washington, DC and its Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign which brings together Christian and Jewish organizations in safeguarding religious rights and what Dr. Syeed called "marginalizing the extremists." He also spoke of the seven million Muslims from 190 countries in America and the importance of "staying connected to our authenticity" while adapting to an open, democratic culture, a process he believes will have an impact worldwide.

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