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Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy will be preaching on the true nature of Islam. Rev. Dr. Kennedy is both a Unitarian Universalist minister in Springfield, Vermont, and a practicing Sufi. In addition to her work with UU congregations in Springfield and Washington, Vermont, she has long been active in the national grassroots effort to counter Islamophobia. She is founder of Peace and Unity Bridge, an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. Rev. M'ellen is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network and member of the Board of the Inayati Order, A Sufi Path of Liberation. As many in our nation are being caught up in the web of fear and hatred being generated towards those who practice the Islamic faith, the members and friends at All Souls Church hope to counter that fear and hatred with understanding and compassion. We invite all to come hear stories and experiences from the perspective of a Sufi (the mystical tradition of Islam). Rev. Kennedy’s talk will center on countering Islamophobia, the fear of Muslim practitioners, a talk that she has given in churches and establishments as far as Colorado. She believes that the heart of Muslim teachings are about how to be a peaceful person, and that fear of Islam — particularly in this country — can only be countered by educating oneself about the religion.