On March 15, Atlantic Institute, along with partners at Upstate International and the Interfaith Forum, hosted The WISE Up Town Hall Dialogue at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. This was a natural follow-up to a January 2018 Peace Panel, also held at the Hughes Library, that was very well-received by a standing-room-only crowd. At that event, faith leaders from across the Upstate shared their thoughts regarding the importance of action within the community to achieve peace. Among their remarks were reminders that “our differences are an illusion” and that “if we fear someone, we don’t know them.” In addition, attendees were challenged to instill in those around them “a love for learning about other religions” and to “become the change we want to see.”
•Wrestle away the negative headlines by amplifying voices of reason;
•Set the record straight on Islam and Muslims; and
•Distinguish between true Islamic teachings and fake extremist dogma.