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Visit :: Divan visits Congressman David E. Price

Triangle : 05-13-2019

On May 13, 2019, members of Divan Center made a visit to Congressman David Price, who is the Representative for North Carolina’s 4th District. The visit was part of Divan’s outreach activities. We have talked about our recent activities and concerns and issues regarding the member body of Divan Center. We believe this visit will be a seminal one, a precursor to bigger and better collaborations. We are grateful to Rep. Price for making time to see us at this busy time for him and appreciate the hospitality and assistance of Rep. Price’s staff during our visit. We look forward to collaborating with him and his office in our prospective activities and efforts.

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.