The Challenges of Peace-building Post 9/11: Dialogue and Action


September 24, 2012 - 5:45pm


Biology Building East 101

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Intellectual Dialogue Society

The Intellectual Dialogue Society (IDS) is honored to announce the upcoming panel titled, "The Challenges of Peace–building Post 9/11: Dialogue and Action" by Pastor Sam Massey of the First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City and Imam Taha Tawil, Executive Director of the Mother Mosque of America.

TITLE: The Challenges of Peace–building Post 9/11: Dialogue and Action

 SPEAKERS: Sam Massey, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City,

                      Taha Tawil, Imam and Executive Director of the Mother Mosque of America

VENUE: 101, Biology Building East, (BBE) University of Iowa

TIME: 5:45pm, Monday, September 24th, 2012

Short Bio of Sam Massey:

Sam Massey is currently pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City. He is married with two sons.  He obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry and history at Greenville College in Greenville, IL. He also earned both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. He is currently working on his PhD in Leadership Studies through Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has been a founding member of three justice ministries: The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, the PACEM Homeless ministry (Charlottesville, VA) and the IMPACT faith–based organizing ministry (Charlottesville, VA). The PACEM and IMPACT ministries grew with the full support and participation of the local Muslim community. He has served pastorates in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa (Des Moines), and Virginia. 

Short Bio of Taha Tawil:

Taha A. Tawil is the executive director of the Mother Mosque of America. He earned his L.L.B. in Islamic Law from Jerusalem University and he also earned his M.A. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Iowa School of Religion. Imam Taha Tawil served as a commissioner in the city of Cedar Rapids in the Civil Rights Commission for seven years. Currently, he is serving as a chaplain in the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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About IDS:

The Intellectual Dialog Society is a University of Iowa student organization with the goals of promoting mutual understanding and dialogue between members of Iowa City, and providing a platform to discuss social issues. Events that the IDS organizes include panels, art exhibitions, discussion forums, educational and humanitarian activities.