Sharing Culture, Values and Community Annual Conference Urges Muslims to Get Involved in Their Neighborhoods, Towns
Byline: Ames Boykin
Volunteer to coach Little League. Join the Parent Teacher Association. Run for political office.
These are just three ways Muslim Americans can take a civic role in their neighborhoods - and it's also the theme of this weekend's 44th annual Islamic Society of North America Conference.
At least 30,000 attendees are expected to head to Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for the four-day gathering, which starts Friday.
There, they will be encouraged to become more involved in their communities, said Muneer Fareed, the society's secretary general.
"Too often religion becomes disconnected from social realities," Fareed said. "The spiritual and social worlds don't always collide.
"That is particularly the case with minorities," he added. "Generally, minorities have more difficulty participating in the civic structure - either because they feel they don't belong or because the society gives them that impression."
Some of the session topics will reflect this year's theme, including running for office at the local and national level. …