Refugee Resettlement groups in Hartford, West Hartford and Bloomfield will converge on Unitarian Society of Hartford ( for a half day training on Islamic and Arab cultural competency. Lighthouse for Humanity:Bloomfield Muslim Community Center with Muslim Coalition of Connecticut ( will host the refugee training. “We expect 100 members from over 30 Churches and a few Synagogues” says Imam Aziz, one of the Imams for Lighthouse for Humanity: Bloomfield Muslim Community Center. The training is aimed at the faith groups working with IRIS to resettle refugees in Greater Hartford. We hope to bring this training to your city soon, please click here to request a training. The tentative schedule is as follows:

12:30-12:45pm Introduction by Imam Sami Abdul Aziz (Sanctuary, 1st floor)
12:45pm Introductions by Imams/Muslim leaders present (Sanctuary 1st floor)
1:15pm-1:45pm Zuhr Prayer for Muslims (meditation room) and Lunch, blessing by Rev Cathy Rion Starr (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
1:30pm-3:00pm Chaplain Aida Mansoor presents on Islamic Cultural Competency (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
3:00pm-3:45pm Sister Maha Meraay presents on Syrian-Arab Cultural Competency (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
3:45pm Q&A (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
4:00pm What do you need from Muslim community? (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
4:30pm Meet and Greet, fill out volunteer sign up (Fellowship Hall, Basement)
5:30pm Finish (Fellowship Hall, Basement)

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