Muhammad – The Messenger of Peace Conference at DeAnza College

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The Ahmaddiya Muslim Community Chapter of Silicon Valley cordially invites you to attend a Muhammad: Messenger of Peace Conference March 7, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This session is part of a nationwide invitation to help Americans of other faiths learn about the Holy Prophet of Islam. Refreshments will be served so please email or call Mubasher Ahmad at 630.229.7582 if you will be able to attend.

The March 7 session is set for DeAnza College: Campus Center, Conference Room A & B, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. , Cupertino, CA , 95014

How will we care for our Muslim patients and their families?

How will we care for our Muslim patients and their families?

Question: What’s the first thing you do to learn how to provide spiritual care for a Muslim patient?

Answer: Ask questions and listen.

That’s one of the practical points Kamal Abu-Shamsieh presented during our first 2012 Spiritual Care Seminars at El Camino Los Gatos Hospital.

If we don’t ask we may fail in our spiritual care mission, Kamal warned, because Muslims are no more monolithic than Christians or Jews. “If you want to know how to provide spiritual care you have to start by asking the patient,” he explained. A video of his talk is available from the Mountain View or Los Gatos chaplain. His PowerPoint presentation is also available as a PDF file.

Spiritual Care for Muslim Patients opens 2012 Spiritual Care Seminars

How will we meet the spiritual care needs of our Muslim patients and their families?

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

That’s the question Kamal Abu-Shamsieh will help us consider in the first of our 2012 Spiritual Care Seminars at El Camino Los Gatos Hospital. Kamal completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford Hospital and received a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from the Hartford Seminary. He currently works as the Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.

The session is set to start at 1:30 PM Monday, March 19 in  Conference Rooms 1 & 2 of the Los Gatos Campus.

He is an Editorial Board member of Reflective Practice, an international journal for chaplains and Spiritual Care and a Community Resource Representative, Fresno’s State’s President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity (PCHRE). He is also a Board Member of the Muslim Chaplains Association and a Member of the US Attorney General’s Taskforce on Hate Crimes. Kamal has appeared on various programs including The Daily Show with John Stewart, CNN international and All Things Considered with NPR.

Kamal often serves as lead presenter of diversity training workshops on Islam and the Muslim community. These workshops provide a glimpse of the diversity within Muslim and Arab communities, offer recommendations for interaction, etiquette for visiting Islamic centers, Muslim belief, traditions and holidays and local contact information. The workshops are enhanced to fit the needs of law enforcement agencies, media, health care providers, faith communities, corporations, schools and universities, and civic organizations.