Daoud Abudiab, President of the Faith & Culture Center, Nashville, TN, will accept a 2016 Goldziher Award for Jewish-Muslim dialogue on behalf of the “Our Muslim Neighbor” interfaith community initiative at a ceremony in Nashville on October 18, 2016.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Catholic College Honors Tennessee Interfaith Activists
NORTH ANDOVER, MA, April 13, 2016

Merrimack College, on behalf of the William and Mary Greve Foundation, will present a Goldziher Award for Jewish-Muslim dialogue to the Faith & Culture Center in Nashville, Tennessee for the Our Muslim Neighbor—Nashville interfaith community initiative.

Our Muslim Neighbor—Nashville, a program of the Faith & Culture Center, builds community and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of Middle Tennessee’s diverse faith traditions and cultures.

Receiving the award for their interfaith leadership of this initiative will be Daoud Abudiab, President and Founder of the Faith & Culture Center, and a veteran healthcare executive; Bernard Werthan, a long-standing community leader in Nashville and Middle Tennessee and retired President and Chairman of the Board of Werthan Packaging; and the Rev. Robert Montgomery, pastor of the First Presbyterian in Pulaski, Tennessee, and the National Coordinator for Religions for Peace USA.

In recent years Our Muslim Neighbor—Nashville has sponsored conferences, seminars, educational forums, local home-based interfaith dinners, blogs, personal story banks, and community iftars—all programs designed to foster relationships, build community, and increase understanding and appreciation among people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. This community initiative has also responded to local incidents of Islamophobia and outbreaks of violence.

Our Muslim Neighbor—Nashville works with its national partners including Religions for Peace USA, the William and Mary Greve Foundation, the El-Hibri Foundation, and The International Shinto Foundation, as well as with its local partners Family of Abraham, various Islamic centers and organizations, Metro Human Relations Commission, Humanities Tennessee and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, among others.

The Goldziher Award will be presented in Nashville on October 18, 2016.