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


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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  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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