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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 07:00

Presented by :
Abdul-Malik Ryan

Abdul-Malik grew up in Oak Park. The son of two teachers, he developed a deep affection for books and learning of all kinds. A DePaul graduate, he accepted Islam in 1994 and was part of the founding of the UMMA organization at DePaul as well as the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He graduated from the Georgetown University Law in 1998 and worked for 14 years as an attorney and guardian ad litem for children in the Cook County child protection system. Abdul-Malik has also worked with IMAN in a variety of capacities from volunteer to President of the Board of Directors and served as the Imam of the Inner City Islamic Center in the southside New City neighborhood. He has studied Islam with a variety of teachers and currently continues his studies primarily through the AlMaghrib Institute. Abdul-Malik is also interested in Irish culture and in comparative religion, especially Islam and Judaism. As Assistant Director of ORD, his responsibilities include assessment and strategy and serving as Chaplain to the School for New Learning and Muslim Life. Abdul-Malik lives in the south suburbs with his wife Moona Malik, also a DePaul graduate, and their four children.

Beth Ticvah Congregation
300 Hillcrest Blvd,
Hoffman Estates, IL
Phone: 847-885-4545

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 07:00

Presented by :
Pastor Peter Hellstedt

Peter Hellstedt became senior pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Schaumburg in 2009.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA as well as a Master of Theology in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

He has previously served congregations in Decatur IL, Park Ridge, and Mount Prospect. He is married with two grown children.

Beth Tikvah Congregation
300 Hillcrest Blvd,
Hoffman Estates, IL
Phone:  847-885-4545

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 07:00

Presented by :
Prof. Omer Mozaffar

Professor Omer Mozaffar is lifelong member of the Muslim community in Chicago. He has given over 1500 lectures, sermons, classes on Islam since 9/11/01. Professor Omer is a lecturer at the Graham School of the University of Chicago, and was awarded a 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. He teaches classes mostly in Islamic Studies. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He was nominated for a 2012 Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen. Professor Omer has over 50 published essays and articles. He is one of Roger Ebert's "Far Flung Correspondents" providing film criticism. He is also the Program Director of the Muslim Leadership Academy and Director of the Higher Studies Project of the Islamic Organization of North America. Professor Omer is one of the scholars of Chicago Convert Connection, providing pastoral care to newly practicing Muslims.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
930 W. Higgins Rd
Schaumburg, IL Phone:  847-885-7010