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Announcement :: Terrorist Attack in Sri Lanka

Triangle : 04-21-2019

We are gravely saddened and appalled by the horrendous and heart-wrenching terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21st, 2019. Unfortunately, those terrible bombings claimed more than 320 innocent lives. Divan Center firmly condemns the barbaric attacks on churches and other venues in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday and stands in the strongest terms against all acts of hate crimes and terrorism at any platform. We share the tremendous pain of the families who lost their loved ones in these bombings. The families of the victims in Sri Lanka are in our thoughts and prayers.

Voluntary :: Monthly Interreligious Prayer Service

Triangle : 04-07-2019

On April 7, 2019, the interreligious prayer service was held at the Divan Center. Pastor Nancy E. Petty, from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Rabbi Lucy Dinner from Temple Beth Or and Imam Abdullah Antepli from Duke University started the interfaith prayer service among Jews, Christians and Muslims. At the 6th gathering of this interfaith prayer service more members from different faiths and religions joined. Elise Strevel from the Kadampa Center Tibetan Buddhist Community, Nancy Hendershot from the Baha’I Faith and the Triangle Interfaith Alliance Vice President William Calhoun were other speakers of the event.

Panel :: Historical and Contemporary Role of Women in Islam

Triangle : 03-24-2019

March 24, 2019 Divan Cultural Center had a guest lecturer from New Jersey, Nuray Yurt. Dr. Nuray Yurt is the President of the board for Peace Islands Institute in New Jersey where she partners with interfaith organizations to improve local peace within the NJ community.

Dr. Yurt took us to a journey into the history where until the 7th century that in Arabia Peninsula, Europe, Roman Civilization, Athens and England women could not buy or sell, could not marry by their freewill, could not vote, teach or tutor totally dependent on their father or husband. But after the arrival of Islam women were acknowledged with men in Quran. They were given the right to decide on their marriage, education, family, kids. They gained right to own property and wealth.

Announcement :: Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

Triangle : 03-16-2019

Divan Center’s Statement on the Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

As members of the Divan Center, we are gravely saddened to hear of the horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand and solemnly condemn the heinous terrorist attacks on two mosques, which resulted in the death of 50 people. This act of terror is an attack on our common and universal values of humanity and is a reminder for us all that it is now more important than ever to stand in solidarity against violence, hatred, and terror, and work together to build a future free of such hate.