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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Discussion on Combating Hate to be Hosted by Union College and Schenectady Clergy

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Local Advocacy Group to Lead Discussion at Union College

Three members of Schenectady Clergy Against Hate will be leading a thought-provoking discussion at Union College next week as part of the ‌College’s Forum on Constructive⁣ Engagement.

The event will⁢ be held at the historic ⁢Nott Memorial on Jan. ‌18 at 5:30⁤ p.m. and is open to the public free ⁤of charge. The panelists ‍include Rabbi Matthew Cutler ⁢of Congregation Gates of Heaven, Union’s Muslim Student Association advisor ‌Imam Genghis Khan, and Rev. ‍Amaury Tañón-Santos, executive director/CEO of Schenectady Community Ministries.

Schenectady‍ Clergy ⁤Against ‍Hate was established after the⁤ 2016 election by​ a diverse group of faith leaders who came together to combat hate and divisiveness in the ​community.

Meet the Panelists

Rabbi Matthew Cutler has been leading Congregation Gates of‌ Heaven‌ since 1995 and is⁣ also the co-chair⁢ of JubileeUSA, an interfaith organization ​dedicated ⁣to alleviating poverty worldwide.

Imam Genghis​ Khan has been a prominent speaker on Islam for the past 30 years and also serves as the Imam for Schenectady ⁤County Jail in addition to his⁢ role at Union​ College.

Rev. Amaury​ Tañón-Santos has been ‍at the helm of SiCM ‌since 2021,​ a local charity ‍that has been addressing the needs of community members affected by systemic poverty for over 50 years. Prior​ to this, he ​was a networker⁢ for‍ the⁢ Synod of the Northeast, a region of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Union President David⁣ Harris​ initiated the Forum on Constructive Engagement series in 2019 with the⁣ goal of broadening community perspectives on important ‍issues to inspire⁣ positive‍ change.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This is a necessary and important initiative to address the issue of hate in our community. I fully support this discussion and encourage everyone to participate.

  2. I fully support this initiative in addressing hate within our community. It is crucial for us to come together and find effective solutions. #UnitedAgainstHate

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