Professor Rick Tepker of the OU Law School has provided us with the remarks
he gave at our March 10 Tyner Cornbread & Beans for those who missed it or would
like to read them again. Thank you, Professor Tepker! (Click the link to the right)
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
The May Steering Committee meeting:
Monday, May 8
Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi will speak at noon on Friday, May 19th, at the
Democratic Tyner Cornbread and Beans lunch at the West Wind Unitarian
Universalist Congregation, 1309 West Boyd in Norman. Cafeteria style
cornbread and beans service will start at 11:30 a.m.
His topic: "A Seat at the Table"
Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. His experiences as a child surrounded by war and conflict have shaped his passion as an adult for promoting unity and understanding. When asked about living through the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, Enchassi says, "Sometimes, I think God exposed me to so much hatred and violence so that I can be a voice for love and peace."
After moving to the United States at the age of seventeen, Enchassi began a long journey in education, receiving business management degrees from South Plains College and Southern Nazarene University and, then, completing his masters in management from the University of Phoenix. He used those degrees to excel in the restaurant industry as a regional director and advisor for nearly two decades.
In 2004, Enchassi made a career move, turning his previous part-time volunteering activities into a full time commitment by becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation - a multi-million dollar project creating the first accredited Islamic school of Oklahoma City. During that time, he also became the founder, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). In that role, he studied overseas at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute for Islamic Studies in Lebanon, where he received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degree in Islamic Studies. In addition, he earned a certificate of "Apostolic Succession"* earned by a selected few.
Besides being the senior Imam at ISGOC, the chairman of Islamic studies and Chaplain at Oklahoma City University, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, advisory board member of CAIR, advisory board member of Wilbery School of Religion (Oklahoma City University), Enchassi is also in charge of organizing outreach and curriculum with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout the state of Oklahoma. He is a highly sought after public speaker, and he is regularly booked to address audiences at academic institutions, government functions and interfaith events to offer his expertise in Muslim principles, comparative religions, interfaith dialogue and human rights.
Among much recognition, Enchassi has received the Interfaith Alliance "Community Service Award," CAIR "Lifetime Achievement Award", CAIR "Inspiration Award," Dialogue Institute "Dialogue Award," Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice "Humanitarian Award," Oklahoma Conference of Churches "Interfaith Award" and was named a "Visionary in Religious and Education Outreach" in The Daily Oklahoman's Progress Edition.
* Eijazah in Quranic Recitation that goes back to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), similar to the concept of Apostolic Succession.
Upcoming Confirmed Speakers:
June 2 - Rep. Emily Virgin, House District 44
June 9 - Lans Rothfusz, Deputy Director, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
June 16 - Arnold Hamilton, Editor of "The Oklahoma Observer"
July 7 - Michael Mayfield and Krystal Golding-Ross, newly elected CCDP Chair and Vice Chair
July 14 - Dr. Mitch Randall, "Why Public Education Should Matter to People of Faith"
July 21 - April Heiple, "A Community Approach to Ending Homelessness"
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