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Presented By: Global Islamic Studies Center

GISC Event. Islamic Chaplaincy in North America & Mantle of Mercy Book Launch

Chaplain Sondos Kholaki, Chaplain Muhammad Ali, Dr. Matthew Schumann, Sister Jaye Starr, Imam Kamau Ayubbi, Dr. Nancy Khalil

Islamic Chaplaincy in North America & Mantle of Mercy Book Launch Islamic Chaplaincy in North America & Mantle of Mercy Book Launch
Islamic Chaplaincy in North America & Mantle of Mercy Book Launch
On April 5th, 2022, at 1:00 PM ET, GISC will be hosting an event dedicated to Islamic Chaplaincy in North America as well as a book launch for the newly released essay collection Mantle of Mercy: Islamic Chaplaincy in North America (Templeton Press, 2022), RSVP:

Join us as editors Chaplain Sondos Kholaki, Muslim Chaplain & Co-editor; Chaplain Muhammad Ali, Muslim Chaplain at Bucknell University & Co-editor; Dr. Matthew Schumann; Chaplain at Felicity Foundation; Sister Jaye Starr, Aspiring Healthcare Chaplain & Co-editor; Imam Kamau Ayubbi, Muslim Chaplain at Michigan Medicine discuss their experiences as Muslim chaplains. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Nancy Khalil, Professor of American Culture.

Muhammad Ali began his early education at the American Institute of Quranic Studies. He holds a BA in psychology, an MA in Islamic education, and a graduate of Bayan Islamic Graduate School with an MDiv in Islamic Chaplaincy. He is a chaplain in federal prison, the Muslim Chaplain at Bucknell University, and also serves the Geisinger Medical Center. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.

Chaplain Sondos Kholaki serves as a volunteer community and police chaplain and a hospital staff chaplain in Southern California. She is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Sondos earned a Master of Divinity degree in Islamic Chaplaincy at the Claremont School of Theology/Bayan Islamic Graduate School as the recipient of the Fathi Osman Academic Excellence award and a Bachelor's degree in English and creative writing from UCLA, where she received the prestigious Regents Scholar award. Sondos completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and is the author of the award-winning book, Musings of a Muslim Chaplain (2020) and a co-editor of the anthology, Mantle of Mercy: Islamic Chaplaincy in North America (2022).

Sister Jaye Starr is an aspiring healthcare chaplain, board member with the Association of Muslim Chaplains, and member of the Ethics Committee at Michigan Medicine. A graduate of Hartford International University's Islamic Chaplaincy Program with three units of Clinical Pastoral Education, Jaye also studied with the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics and as a Luce Fellow at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia). She is a white convert to Islam living in Michigan with her husband, a fellow chaplain, and their two small children. Jaye loves gardening and finds geeking out over Islamic studies and bioethics strangely rejuvenating.

Imam Kamau Ayubbi grew up in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor's Degree From San Francisco State University in Visual Arts in 1998. During undergrad, Kamau also enjoyed an internship in Holistic Health studies. He received his religious and spiritual education and training under the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA) and was appointed as an Imam in 2002. Imam Ayubbi received his Clinical Pastoral Education (chaplaincy training) at Beaumont CPE Center in Royal Oak, MI. Before serving at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, Imam Ayubbi worked as a staff chaplain in Adult Palliative Care and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit at Beaumont Royal Oak from 2010 to 2015. He provides care throughout the hospital for Muslim patients and psychiatric spiritual care in the Adult Inpatient, Partial Program, and Adolescent Psychiatric Programs. He loves sharing principles and practices of peace and meditation for all ages.

Dr. Matthew Schumann is the Felicity Foundation Chaplain at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He became Muslim in 2009, and his journey since has taken him to Morocco, Qatar, Canada, Utah, and now Michigan. He has studied Islam and the Quran intensively since 2016 as a student of Imam Fode Drame. He also earned his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2020. Dr. Matthew's goal is to support his students' development into Absolute Citizens: those who are immersed in the remembrance of God, have beautiful character, and find happiness in service to humanity. Dr. Matthew resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife and two children.

Dr. Nancy A. Khalil is currently an Assistant Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She completed her PhD in anthropology at Harvard University and her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale's Center on Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Dr. Khalil's recent large research project studies the politics of American Islam through in-depth research on Islamic higher education institutes and religious clerics, or imams, in the US. Dr. Khalil has worked with a number of non-profit organizations; notably, she was one of four female founders of the Boston-based Muslim Justice League, and she currently serves on the Board for Pillars Fund. Prior to her academic career, she worked in higher education and student development, including serving as Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College for several years.
This event is cosponsored by Michigan Medicine - Office of Research, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Comparative Literature, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, the Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of American Culture, the Institute of the Humanities, Middle Eastern Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Women & Gender Studies Department, and Arab and Muslim American Studies. This event is also cosponsored by the Mantle of Mercy publisher, Templeton Press.

From April 4th to the 8th, enjoy 50% off + free shipping with promo-code MERCY2022 when you order the newly released Mantle of Mercy from the Templeton Press website: Customers can enter the code at checkout. It must be entered in all caps and without spaces.

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April 5, 2022 (Tuesday) 1:00pm

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