This program introduced Ugandan and Tanzanian Imams and community leaders to American Muslim Communities. African countries undergoing social and political change like Uganda and Tanzania can benefit from the exchange of ideas with other societies. Opportunities for dialogue are especially important.
Muslims in America provided these influential leaders with the opportunity to witness authentic moderate religious education critical for inspiring scholars to engage in collaborative efforts that can provide positive changes across society. The program challenged them to find their own voices so they could advocate for their communities basic health and educational needs. They also witnessed grassroots social and political involvement and realized the importance of living in a society free to exchange ideas and opinions openly.
Summary Report: 2015_IOP_U_T_Summary_Report.pdf
The United States offers countless examples of both individual and collective success in the areas of interfaith, democracy, and political participation. It is only when everyone feels their voices are being heard and their contributions are welcome, will you have the necessary elements for a secure foundation and a future full of hope, freedom and cooperation.