The Niagara Foundation is proud to present its annual
Chicago Interfaith Gathering (CIG)
“2016 Presidential Election: The Effects of Political Rhetoric on Minority Communities”.
The CIG is a three-day event, whose purpose is to bring together people of various religious and social backgrounds to discuss pertinent issues. At this three-day-long program, Niagara Foundation assembles some of the country’s top intellectuals, peace building professionals, and interfaith leaders at a panel and college students at a workshop to address current trends and challenges in the project of healing individuals and communities during and after conflicts. The program adjourns with a dinner of friendship, called the Abrahamic Traditions Dinner.
As the United States gears up for another presidential election, it can credibly be said that the American public has never encountered such political polarization. Minorities have become the scapegoat of candidates on their way to further contextualize political agendas and motivations. What will be the outcome of such agendas, and how are they risking a clearer future ahead for the fostering of dialogue? How can we address them? At this year’s Chicago Interfaith Gathering, the Niagara Foundation explores lessons in dialogue among minorities and promoting peace after or during such political polarization.
Please join the Niagara Foundation as we uncover the importance of building bridges in our communities and our world.
As part of the three-day CIG program exploring the relationship between dialogue practices and political tension, Niagara will be conducting an educational workshop for college students on the 2016 Presidential Elections’ political rhetoric, ranging from xenophobia to racism and the importance of dialogue as a solution: “Combat Bias and Bigotry”Niagara will create a space where college students from across the city can gather to meet in a dialogue setting, learn about and question the political rhetoric that aims to contextualize other motivations and the effects of it on minority communities.
Students will be guided through a “circle process” to digest the day’s presentations, to invite deeper reflection on their role/responsibility to the larger community, and to explore if and how one’s personal identity politics/experiences provide any solution or guidance for navigating through issues caused by political rhetoric and/or tension.
The session will include a training session followed by a reflection portion asking students to write a declaration statement on how they will partake in peacemaking processes in their communities. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the day.
My Voice, Our City workshop: “Combat Bias and Bigotry”
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Niagara Foundation Offices
205 N. Michigan Ave. St#4240
Chicago, IL 60601
2016 Presidential Election: The Effects of Political Rhetoric on Minority Communities
Niagara Foundation is pleased to host the annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering panel, co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, on this year’s presidential election political rhetoric and its negative effects on minority communities.
The United States is the most diverse country in the world and our multicultural and multi-religious heritage is a unique source of strength and pride. Instead of cherishing and encouraging diversity, however, the political campaigns have caused negativity and polarization among the American people.
Our keynote speaker and panelists will explore the role of dialogue in the process of peace building and discuss the dynamic of building relationships between individuals and minority communities to combat the effects of the negative rhetoric.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
University of Chicago- International House
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
The three-day Chicago Interfaith Gathering will be adjourned with Niagara Foundation’s annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner. At a time of such political polarization and bigotry caused by the political rhetoric of the 2016 presidential elections, Niagara aims to unify and celebrate the religious diversity of our city, Chicago.
This dinner aims to strengthen the bond of friendship and understanding between people of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In this year’s program, influential religious voices from the three Abrahamic traditions will comment on refugeeism in the lives of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, as well as teachings on refugees in the three Abrahamic faiths. This program is a response to the issue of refugee victimization caused by the political rhetoric of the 2016 elections. A diverse collection of religious leaders, government officials, academics, and members of the general public will gather for a diverse evening of food, reflection and conversation.
Abrahamic Traditions Dinner
Saturday, May 28, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Turquoise Community Center
501 Midway Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056