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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.

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.

Voluntary :: Martin Luther King Day

Triangle : 01-21-2019

On January 21, 2019, Divan Center participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service activities with the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Durham. Community members from the Westminister Presbyterian Church and the Divan Center gathered at the WPC on Monday, January 21, at 7:30am for a light breakfast. Afterwards they went to different locations in Durham, including Habitat for Humanity, Threshold, and Hope Valley Elementary School, for community service activities. Service volunteers returned back to the church around noon to enjoy lunch and fellowship together. A total of seven members of the Divan Center participated in the event.

Announcement :: Happy Holiday!

Triangle : 12-23-2018

We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful 2019!

Fundraising :: Fundraising for the First Responders of Wake County

Triangle : 12-08-2018

December, 2018 Divan Cultural Center volunteers prepared delicious Turkish Baklava for White Memorial Presbyterian Church. The money raised during Baklava sale was donated to the 200 Club of Wake County.

Dinner :: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Triangle : 11-18-2018

Friends of Divan Center gathered for the annual traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on November 18th. Before having the meal together, the new executive director of the Divan Center had a short speech on Thanksgiving Day and thanked everyone making this day very memorable and of course they had turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie prepared by Divan Center members for the distinguished guests.

Panel :: For a Peaceful Coexistence

Triangle : 09-23-2018

On the 23rd of September, representatives of the Buddhist-Jewish-Christian-Muslim communities gathered for a panel to discuss to defeat radicalism that may infect any religious ideology and how a peaceful coexistence atmosphere can be nurtured through interreligious and interfaith collaboration. The 200 Club of Wake County representatives were also invited to the event. Divan Center presented the funds raised in the September 9th food sale.

Dinner :: Fundraising for 200 Club of Wake County

Triangle : 09-09-2018

On the 9th of September, community members came together for a fund raising event at Divan Center to enjoy Turkish food. The funds will be delivered to the 200 Club of Wake County, for the families of fallen first responders in North Carolina.