Saturday, January 19, 2013

LGBTQ Muslim Retreat * May 24-27, 2013 * Philadelphia, PA - Register today!

Registration for the 2013 Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims & their Partners is now open! 

May 24-27, 2013 - Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Beautiful Retreat Center near Philadelphia, PA.

3 days of exciting and amazing workshops, art, talent show, plenaries, com
munity building, prayer, meditation, politics, spirituality and more!!

Check out last year's list of workshops and other events.  And the program book.

$100 deposit to hold your space due Feb. 15! Scholarship applications will be available Fri. Feb. 18.

Registration Rates, Payment & Installment Information

Based on capacity and who we are expecting, we only have 50 spaces available!

Register today! :) And share with your LGBTQ Muslim friends!

Questions? Email us at

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Monday, January 31, 2011

LGBT Muslim Retreat; Spaces Being Filled Fast. Limited Registration; Scholarships Available

LGBT Muslim Retreat * Philadelphia, PA

May 27-30, 2011 - Memorial Day Weekend

Theme: Al-Jama'ah (The Community)

"Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come."  
- Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi


Confirmed Speakers:  Imam Daayiee Abdullah (an openly gay Imam and scholar of Islam) and Dr. Siraj Scott Kugle (author of Islam & Homosexuality)

  Our retreat location:

§  Beautiful suburbs of Philadelphia; "an oasis for reflection with beautiful grounds"

§  On 20+ acres surrounded by trees, flowers and 1 mile woodchip trail

§  Private rooms with bed(s) and desk(s)

§  Delicious meals and refreshments (including vegetarian & vegan options)

§  Art studio, library & wi-fi access

     Available Rooms as of February 1, 2011:

§  1 single rooms - 1 space available (Male)

§  6 single rooms - 6 spaces available (Female)

§  1 shared room Option A - 2 single beds - 2 spaces available (Female)

§  1 shared room Option B - 1 double bed and 2 single beds - 3 spaces available (Female)

§  0 spaces available (Co-Ed Floor - Female & Male)

§  6 commuter / staying off-site spaces available

Registration Information:
Single Rooms - Retreat Accommodations & Meals: $250 plus Registration: $80  Total: $330 per person

Shared Rooms - Option A - 2 people per room - Retreat Accommodations & Meals:  $220; Registration: $80
                        Total: $300 per person

                        Option B - 3 or 4 people per room - Retreat Accommodations & Meals: $200; Registration: "
                        $80   Total: $280

Commuters & Those Staying Off-Site - Option 1:  Friday-Monday - Meals & Retreat: $85; Registration: $80   - Total: $165

                                                          Option 2: Saturday or Sunday only -Meals & Retreat; Total: $85


Limited Registrations / Scholarships Available

For more information visit: 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grant for HIV/STI and Pregnancy Prevention Among Muslim Teens in US

More information available from Advocates for Youth


Dear Community Leader:
Advocates for Youth is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for community-based, Muslim youth-serving organizations and institutions. Advocates for Youth is a national organization dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 13-24 in the 33 states reporting to CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, representing about 14% of the persons diagnosed that year. Each year, there are approximately 19 million new STD infections, and almost half of them are among youth aged 15 to 24. In 2002, 12% of all pregnancies, or 757,000, occurred among adolescents aged 15-19. Even though public health programs have attempted to address the needs of many marginalized youth communities, the Muslim youth community continues to remain invisible. Muslims constitute a growing segment of the American society with significant percentage consisting of young people who are facing myriad challenges including an immigrant hostile environment, Islamophobia, and a general lack of understanding of what it means to be “Muslim” from the mainstream communities. To address the specific needs of Muslim youth around reproductive and sexual health, Advocates created the Muslim Youth Project. The Muslim Youth Project provides a forum for organizations working with Muslim youth to highlight their voices and bring their experiences to the fore-front.
Through the Muslim Youth Project, your organization may receive strategic capacity building assistance, including publications and materials; written and electronic correspondence; telephone consultations; on-site training; and/or a seed grant in the amount of $5,000 to implement an HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention project. Services offered through this initiative are tailored to fit the needs of your organization.
Please download the application materials for more information about this opportunity, including eligibility and criteria for selection. The application form and/or proposal are due by Feb 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST. Please e-mail and/or mail or fax applications to Urooj Arshad, Associate Director, Equity + Social Justice, Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036. Fax: (202) Please call to confirm the receipt of your application.
Working together, we believe that we can strengthen efforts to address the reproductive and sexual health needs of Muslim youth. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your organization to broaden and increase the positive impact we ALL can achieve in the lives of our youth. If you need further information or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (202) 419-3420 or at


Urooj Arshad
Associate Director, Equity + Social Justice

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

National Religious Leaders Respond to Proposition 8 Ruling

From the Washington Post - August 5, 2010

Below is a roundup of religious responses; this list will be updated as more congregations and religious organizations weigh in.

Catholic Church Statement by USCCB President Cardinal George:

"Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of any society. The misuse of law to change the nature of marriage undermines the common good," Cardinal George said. "It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined."

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regrets today's decision. California voters have twice been given the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in their state and both times have determined that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We agree. Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of society."

Family Research Council:

"Marriage is recognized as a public institution, rather than a purely private one, because of its role in bringing together men and women for the reproduction of the human race and keeping them together to raise the children produced by their union. The fact that homosexuals prefer not to enter into marriages as historically defined does not give them a right to change the definition of what a 'marriage' is."

Jewish Orthodox Union:

"Traditional Jewish values recognize marriage as being only between a man and woman. In addition to our religious values - which we do not seek to impose on anyone - we fear legal recognition of same-sex "marriage" poses a grave threat to the fundamental civil right of religious freedom."

Episcopal Bishop Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles:

"Justice is advancing thanks to today's ruling affirming Californians' constitutional right to marriage in faithful, same-gender relationships."

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism:

"Proposition 8, adopted by ballot initiative in 2008, effectively denies gay and lesbian individuals the same rights afforded heterosexual couples under the law. Judge Walker's decision reaffirms the strong commitment to equality upon which our nation is built."

Rev. Welton Gaddy, Baptist minister and President of Interfaith Alliance:

"We are pleased to see that Judge Vaughn Walker was sensitive to the concerns of people of faith who oppose same-gender marriage on religious grounds but that he recognized, as do we, that their religious freedom will not be impacted by the legalization of same-gender marriage. America's diverse religious landscape leaves room for a variety of theological perspectives on same-gender marriage; indeed, some faiths enthusiastically support it and others vehemently oppose it. Under this ruling, as with any constitutionally based marriage equality law, no religion would ever be required to condone same-gender marriage, and no member of the clergy would ever be required to perform a wedding ceremony not in accordance with his or her religious beliefs."

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