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Retreat Camp For PII Advisory Board Members

The PA branch of Peace Islands Institute invited its Advisory Board members and other close friends to the first ever retreat camp held February 25-26, 2016 in Bethlehem, PA. This camp was well attended by at least 20 guests, along with guest speakers from Alliance for Shared Values, PA Turkish..

2016 Civil Rights Achievement Award Ceremony

Peace Islands Institute (PII) co-sponsored and TccPenn The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ (PLBC) 2016 Civil Rights Achievement Award Ceremony Peace Islands Institute (PII) co-sponsored and TccPenn The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ (PLBC) 2016 Civil Rights Achievement Award Ceremony on Saturday, January 16th. The ceremony took place at the African American..

Mayor Kenny Prayer

On Wednesday, January 6, PII joined the Religious Leaders Council which held an Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Gathering for Mayor Jim Kenney. The event was hosted at The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia. The clergy shared their sacred texts, music, and prayers for the new mayor and elected officials of..

Interfaith Thanks Giving

Philadelphia (Nov. 24, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute and various community congregations including the Holy Trinity Episcopal church, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, First Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, and Welcome Church participated in an Interfaith..

Legacy Award Ceremony

The Philadelphia branch of Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its Legacy Awards Ceremony on November 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. This is an annual flagship event, formerly called the Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organized by PII to recognize individuals or groups whose accomplishments exemplifies the..

What can men do?

Men can prevent Family Violence ‘Men Can’ meeting was held on Thursday, October 1st in LOVE Park located in downtown Philadelphia. Lutheran Settlement House hosted the event where the focus was on preventing family violence. Peace Islands Institute (PII) Philadelphia was one of the sponsors. Participation was very high. The..

PII Pennsylvania visited the Lutheran House

On Friday October 2nd Peace Islands Institute Pennsylvania visited the Lutheran House Settlement at the Jane Addams Place. The Jane Addams Place is a comprehensive emergency homeless shelter in Philadelphia for up to 29 mothers with children. PII collaborated with the Turkish Cultural Center Pennsylvania and Embrace Relief for the..

Women and Poverty Problems in Philadelphia

Peace Islands Institute and Trinity Memorial Church organized a panel to discuss and verbalize the issues about the women and poverty problems in Philadelphia. They had six speakers with very different backgrounds to point out their opinions and solution ideas. Awareness of the problem of homelessness, especially for women in..

Creating Space for Faith forum at Gratz College

On September 20th the Peace Islands Institute Center for Interfaith affairs cosponsored a free public forum on cultivating a multifaith understanding with Gratz College at its campus in Melrose Park, PA. The forum entitled “Creating Space for Faith” sought to facilitate dialogue on the necessity of interfaith cooperation between the..

Philadelphia Interfaith Community

Philadelphia Interfaith Community hosted a round table discussion of Abraham’s sacrifice on August 25th. Three speakers from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith read the sections about Abraham’s sacrifice from their holy books and told explained the common belief in their faith about the story. Each small lecture was followed by..

Dinner at Abraham’s Table

On Friday July 10th Peace Islands Institute hosted a community dinner at Drexel University. In collaboration with Drexel Student Affairs and the Student Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Dinner at Abraham’s Table honored both Muslim and Jewish traditions as both an Iftar and Shabbat dinner. The event was held in..

Interfaith Iftar at Trinity Memorial Church

On Monday June 30th Peace Islands hosted an interfaith Ramadan Iftar at Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia to commemorate the Muslim Holy month of fasting. The event was cosponsored by Trinity Memorial Church and the Center City Residents Association along with support from other churches and synagogues. The..

PII held an interfaith iftar fast breaking meal

Center for Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Bryn Mawr (Tuesday, June 23rd) – Peace Islands Institute held an interfaith iftar fast breaking meal at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr. The program was the traditional fast breaking dinner that happens at sunset during Ramadan, and also included some discussion from..

Interfaith Ramadan Festival – Philadelphia

Center for Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Philadelphia City Hall (Friday, June 19th) – On Friday, June 19th 2015, Philadelphians had the opportunity to experience the Interfaith Ramadan Festival. The event organized by Peace Islands Institute’s Center for Interfaith Affairs, Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural..

Extremism and the Negative Impact on Religious Understanding

Center For Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Old St. Joseph’s Church (Wednesday, May 13th) – Peace Islands Institute held an interfaith program with the Philadelphia Interfaith Community at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia. The program was a dinner and talk, the subject of which was “Extremism and the Negative Impact on..

2nd Annual Law Enforcement Dinner and Award Ceremony

On Thursday April 23rd, PII Pennsylvania hosted its 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Awards in Philadelphia. This event is held to honor those who are in or in support of law enforcement whom have demonstrated service to the citizens of Philadelphia with the goal of improving local communities...

My Brother’s Keeper, Philadelphia

Philadelphia (March 31st, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute attended the release of the My Brother’s Keeper action plan for Philadelphia. The release was held at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mayor Michael A. Nutter described Philadelphia’s summary of the program, and how the city planned to be a part of..
7th Annual Academic Forum at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia

7th Annual Academic Forum at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia

On March 26, 2015, Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its 7th annual Academic Forum at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The Academic Forum was formerly known as the Academic Dinner in years past. Last year, the event transitioned to include audience participation in the generation of thought and ideas around..

3rd Annual International Women’s Conference

Harrisburg (March 22, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Women’s International Women’s Conference with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. The conference was held at Central Penn College. Peace Islands Institute representative Dr. Nuray Yurt gave the opening keynote talk for the event. Dr. Yurt’s talk centered..

PII Advisory Board Meeting, Philadelphia

Philadelphia (Saturday, Feb. 28th, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute held its regular Advisory Board Meeting at the PII office. Advisory Board members reviewed PII’s programs from the Autumn and Winter of 2014, and discussed the benefits of the programs, as well as how they could be improved. Advisory Board members..

MOIMA 2015 Work Plan – Stakeholders Meeting

Philadelphia (Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015) – The Peace Islands Institute attended the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs stakeholders meeting. PII is a stakeholder in the MOIMA office, and coordinates many activities with it. MOIMA gathered organizations together to discuss their work plan for the 2015. This involves many..

Peace Islands Institute meeting with Mayor Michael A. Nutter

Philadelphia (Feb. 2nd, 2015) – The Peace Islands Institute met with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall. The meeting was to honor Mayor Nutter in person for receiving PII’s Legacy Award for his outstanding leadership in establishing comprehensive strategies and taking initiative to prevent violence in Philadelphia..

My Brother’s Keeper Meeting City Hall

Jan. 22nd – The Peace Islands Institute attended a meeting for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative at city hall in Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter has vowed to strongly support this program; and PII, along with many other NGOs, are involved in collaborations to bring about the desired outcomes and milestones..

”Social Justice Activism” at Lutheran Teo. Seminary

Peace Islands Institute cosponsored a “panel discussion” at the Lutheran Seminary, on the topic of “Social Justice Activism: Spiritual and Business Perspectives.” The distinguished speakers were: Bill Nolan, CEO Ken-Crest; Rachel Falkove, CEO Interfaith Hospitality Network; Ms. Patricia El, MAPL field worker at Paul’s Run; Feyzi Eygoren Outreach Coordinator Peace..

Philadelphia Police Department Asian American Advisory Council Dinner

On December 9th Peace Islands Institute joined the Philadelphia Police Department Asian American Advisory Council to commemorate the lives of the Asian-American police officers who lost their lives while on duty in the Philadelphia Police Department. Peace Islands Institute contributed by participating in the featured auction where the benefits will..

10th Anniversary Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony

The 10th year anniversary of the Pennsylvania branch of Peace Islands Institute’s Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony was held on December 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The theme of this anniversary event was “Preventing Violence through Education.” The Master of Ceremonies was Ms. Carolyn Nichols, Judge..