On July 8, 2016, the Andrews University chapter of AMFA-Interfaith hosted an Eid al-Fitr Celebration in a Berrien park, marking the end of Ramadan for our Muslim neighbors at the Kalamazoo and South Bend mosques. The Eid Celebration, considered as momentous as Christmas is for members of Christianity, included potluck dishes, desserts, and tea contributed by guests from Dearborn, South Bend, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, and Berrien, itself. Guests exchanged stories, numbers, and played games on the park benches and tables.
A group of six, Muslim, physical therapy students from Saudi Arabia and Jordan were featured in a panel discussion on the campus of Andrews University on April 21, 2016. The event was hosted by the Physical Therapy Department, in partnership with AMFA - Interfaith, and was held in Chan Shun Hall's Garber Auditorium. The event had an unexpected attendance of 250 people, with organizers originally expecting 100-150 in attendance. The event was set up for Andrews' Muslim students to have an opportunity to speak out against Islamophobic messages in American media and represent themselves more accurately. They condemned violent measures being taken by radical members of ISIS, and underscored true Islam as being a religion of peace, submission, and benevolence. The students spoke about their culture, faith, and hopes for fostering better understanding between Christians, Muslims, Americans, and citizens of the Middle East. The event concluded with a mediated Q & A session with the audience and refreshments of pita, hummus, mint lemonade, Saudi tea, and baklava. (The full event can be watched below.)