Nurture Compassion #Ramadan2016

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Join me this Ramadan for a weekly series on nurturing compassion
for ourselves, our families and our communities.

Each Sunday of Ramadan
12:30 – 1:30pm

Boyle Street Community League
9538 103A Avenue, Edmonton


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To learn more, visit Tarjuma.ca

Outspoken: Stories on Mental Health

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“Stories are…vessels for ancestors, memory, futures and laughter. They are the medium through which the divine is engaged…To state it more succinctly, stories are ceremony.”
— Mark Gonzales

The Green Room invites you to join OUTSPOKEN, a monthly storytelling series that explores the intersections of faith, identity, social issues, and well-being.

On Tuesday May 31, join us as we explore planet earth through the personal stories and narratives of local community members. All are welcome to join!

Caring for Caregivers

On July 28th, 2014, I visited with Smith College’s School for Social Work staff, faculty and students. It was a full day complete with meetings, consultations, and an evening presentation on Caring for Muslim Clients. It was a wonderful way to spend my ‘Eid–addressing both the needs of Muslim clients and the needs of those who care for them.

Thank you Smith College School for Social Work for the invitation and the warm welcome.

 

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With Dr. Joshua Miller, Acting Dean and Professor at Smith School for Social Work.

Lecture at Smith College School for Social Work

Throughout the year, the Smith College School for Social Work Program “offers a wide range of conferences, lectures and seminars […] in response to the training needs of today’s clinician. Each year, the school is honored to host some of the finest helping professionals through its Summer Lecture Series” (cited from website).

The Summer Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to draw attention to unique aspects of the helping profession. And, I have been asked to present from my work with and research into the care of Muslim clients.

For those who wish to attend, or would like more information, below is the description for the lecture I am scheduled to present:

Caring for Muslim Clients: Culturally-Sensitive and Evidence-Based Approaches

It is often cited that the Muslim population in the United States and Canada is a fast-growing demographic. Yet, research on this population and its counseling needs is not growing at the same pace. Within the professional literature, documentation of effective strategies and approaches to the counseling of Muslim clients remains in its infancy. Moreover, misunderstanding of Islam and Muslims, along with anti-Muslim sentiment, is on the rise. To aid social work, spiritual care, and counseling professionals serving Muslim clients, this lecture will present an overview of Muslim experiences in America, along with a number of approaches for the care of Muslim clients recommended by counseling professionals. (Link)

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The lecture is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 28th, in the Weinstein Auditorium, located in Wright Hall on the Smith College Campus.

Lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

 

Joint Conference at Yale University

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On March 8, 2014, the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC) will host a conference together with the Islamic Seminary Foundation and the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut. The conference aims at providing Muslim chaplains, imams, counselors and other care providers with essential knowledge and skills for the care of Muslims in various settings.

I have been invited as a speaker alongside many other professionals engaged in the field.

For more information and to register, visit AMC’s website.

CASC Conference – 2014

The Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) will be hosting its 2014 conference in Winnipeg. As with each year, this national conference will feature workshops, lectures, and other activities led by spiritual care researchers, scholars, and clinicians from across Canada.

I encourage my fellow chaplains (and those interested) to check it out as it will not only be a great way to enhance our skills and professional competencies, but also network with fellow chaplains from across Canada. This year the conferences theme is caring for the patient’s dignity during hospitalization and is entitled: Dignity at the Centre.

In addition to attending the conference, I am honored to join as a presenter alongside Thomas St. James O’Connor, ThD, Terry Bard, PhD, and Elizabeth Meakes, DMin. Our joint-presentation is called: Cure of the Soul in Abrahamic Faith Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Below is a description:

This workshop presents the work of Terry Bard (Jewish), Ibrahim Long (Muslim) and Thomas St. James O’Connor  and Elizabeth Meakes (Christian) on the cure of the soul.  The cure of the soul began with Greek philosophers  before the Common Era.  For these philosophers, the cure of the soul involved the pursuit of truth.  This concept influenced the Abrahamic faith traditions.  The workshop seeks to explain some practices and concepts of the cure of the soul in Judaism, Islam and Christianity.  The goal is understanding respect and enlightened identity.

To read about Muslim involvement in last year’s conference, check out this article by Amira Elghawaby (CAIR-CAN).

For more information about the conference, visit the CASC website.

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CASC/ACSS is a national multifaith organization, committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in spiritual care, pastoral counselling, education and research.