Terry Published in Aspen Institute: Pluralism in Peril Report

Terry Kyllo was published in the Aspen Institute’s Report: Pluralism in Peril: Challenges to an American Ideal.



You can watch the video here on the Aspen Institute’s website.

Inclusive America Project Report Launch – “Pluralism in Peril: Challenges to an American Ideal”



Grant from Christ Episcopal Church, Anacortes

Thank you to the good people of Christ Episcopal Church in Anacortes for a grant award for Neighbors In Faith. These grants are made possible by the good work of the Red Door Thrift Shop. Thank you to each and every one of these volunteers!


Grant from Seattle Foundation

Neighbors in Faith is grateful of a grant from the Seattle Foundation to support our ongoing work in King County and beyond.

Here is the link to a list of the other excellent grantees who are doing great work to support the human rights of all people.


Grant from the Tulalip Charitable Contributions Fund

Neighbors in Faith is grateful for a two-thousand dollar grant from the Tulalip Charitable Contributions Fund.

This fund has assisted over 245 charitable organizations with over 50 million dollars since 1993 working in partnership with the surrounding communities including Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County to make a positive difference.

Thank you!

Crosscut Article

A great article from Lilly Fowler at Crosscut.com.


Lending Hate Credibility

This quote from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism on the 8th Commandment came to my mind this morning upon learning that the President of the United States of America retweeted a deceitful video from an anti-Muslim hate group in the UK this morning.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way. – Luther’s Small Catechism

This group and a group of anti-Muslim hate groups in the US bear false witness against our Muslim neighbors each day. They falsely equate the worst actions of those who self-identify as Muslims with Islam and the vast majority of Muslims. They do not judge Christianity by the horrific actions of white supremacists or white nationalists who self identify as Christian. These groups are bearing false witness against our Muslim neighbors. These groups are breaking the 8th commandment not by accident, but on purpose – bearing false witness is their strategy.

These groups also undermine our American values. They are seeking to divide US citizens from one another by lies and through fear. They spend $30 million dollars per year to do so. By seeking to diminish the civil and religious liberties of Muslims they diminish these liberties for all. Rights are not rights unless they are for everyone. These groups not only break commandments they profess to uphold, their actions undermine our constitutionally enshrined rights while they salute the flag.

Today, the President of the United States and his spokesperson lent the credibility of his office to these hate groups and to their message.

We know where this kind of hate speech goes. We know what happens when a group of people are dehumanized. We have seen this playbook before.

We are calling for people of faith to speak out against the President’s words and the hate groups he advances and to stand with our Muslim neighbors – doing so because it expresses our deepest values as people of faith.

We are calling for American citizens to speak out against the statements and policies of the office of the President of the United States that seek to demonize our fellow American Muslim citizens – doing so because it expresses our deepest values as a nation.

We do not have walk down the road of hate again.

Together we can build a more perfect union – not just a union of states but a union of diverse people who together are respected parts of the greater whole.

See the New York Times article

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

In one hour you will lear more about what Muslims around the world believe based on thousands of one hour interviews.  This is worth watching:

Watch the film here.

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 – nina.fernando@s2scampaign.org

Local Contacts:

Pastor Terry Kyllo – terry@neighborsinfaith.org

Aneelah Afzali – aneelah@mapsredmond.org

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!

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