Month: October 2017

Faith Over Fear: Empowering Leaders to Combat Islamophobia

Does your congregation ask questions that you can’t answer about Islam and Muslims?

Do you want to be an effective ally with your Muslim neighbors?

Do you want to have the right tools and training to combat the rising threat of Islamophobia?

National and local experts and practitioners will facilitate this training to educate, network, & equip faith leaders to better advocate against a narrative of fear and divisiveness in our country.

Training modules will cover the following:

  • Basics of Islam and Islamophobia
  • How the rise in Islamophobia threatens us all
  • Who American Muslims are
  • How anti-Muslim bigotry shows up in laws and policies
  • How to locate and address our fears
  • How to respond to common misconceptions and questions about Islam and Muslims
  • Strategies for faith communities to make effective change
  • How to unite on messaging
  • Media training

Limited space available, so register now!

Early registration discount available for those who register before December 1, 2017.

Limited scholarships available.

National Contacts: 
Nina Fernando –

Local Contacts:

Pastor Terry Kyllo –

Aneelah Afzali –

Organizers:  Muslim Association of Puget Sound-American Muslim Empowerment Network; Neighbors in Faith; Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign; Council on American-Islamic Relations – WA

Partners:  Southern Poverty Law Center; Institute for Social Policy and Understanding; ReThink Media; Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies; Bridge Initiative @ Georgetown; Democracy Fund; Islamic Networks Group; Faith Action Network; Church Council of Greater Seattle

Printable Poster: EFL Flyer Electronic Final Print


Brief Interview with Brian Calvert of KOMO Radio

This brief clip aired on October 23, 2017 on KOMO Radio 1000. Thanks to Brian Calvert for the great work!


Radio Interview October 25, 2017

Here is the link to a radio interview with Ginny Wolff from the Speak Up! Speak Out! for October 25th. I really appreciate the good work that Ginny did on this interview!

Radio Interview Monday, October 23, 2017 KSER

Interview by Mary Ellen Togtman-Wood on KSER, Monday, October 23 2017 with Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith.


Faith Over Fear – Tacoma Video

Faith Over Fear Roadshow

Each year the Islamophobia industry spends over $30 million dollars to make people afraid of Islam and American Muslims. The websites, YouTube videos, books, white papers, lobbying, and media stars of the Islamophobia industry turn the hearts and minds of people against one another, paving the way for a more divided, fearful future. We don’t have to live in that future. Together we can build a future based on our shared values and vision for America!

We cordially invite faith leaders from all churches, mosques, synagogues and temples as well as civic, education and community leaders to join Aneelah Afzali (MAPS-AMEN) and Pastor Terry Kyllo (Neighbors in Faith) for an overview of the Islamophobia industry, the threat it poses to our nation and civil liberties, and what we can do about it together. This event will include time for Q & A and interaction with faith, political and education leaders in your area.

Sept. 19 3:00 PM St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Longview

Oct. 10 3:00 PM St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by The Narrows, Tacoma

Oct. 18 10:00 AM Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle

Oct. 18 7:00 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Seattle

Oct. 20 11:00 AM SKY Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center, Renton

Oct. 24 10:00 AM Trinity Lutheran Church, Everett

Oct. 24 3:00 PM Edmonds Lutheran Church, Edmonds/Lynnwood

Oct. 26 1:00 PM Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Olympia

Nov. 9 3:00 PM First Lutheran Community Church, Port Orchard

Nov. 13, 3:00 PM St. Paul’s Episcopal, Mount Vernon

Nov. 16 St. 1:00 PM Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Vancouver


Aneelah Afzali, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.

The Rev. Terry Kyllo is a pastor serving as the director of Neighbors in Faith an interfaith effort to recognize Muslims as neighbors and partners in building a more peaceful world. NIF is authorized by the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches in western Washington State.


MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Neighbors in Faith, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Faith Action Network, Council on American-Islamic Relations WA, Church Council of Greater Seattle, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, The Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA & Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ

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Roadshow Overview

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