Show of Hands

First Annual Deaf Interfaith event in collaboration with NTD

ISDHH had first annual Interfaith Event on April 12, 2015 in Irving, Texas at Islamic Center of Irving in collaboration with the world renowned, National Theatre of the Deaf. The event brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim deaf.

The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) explored American Sign Language from behind the curtain—literally! Concealed behind a slotted curtain, actors poked their hands out to create scenery, crack jokes, and teach American Sign Language, featuring poems, stories, fables, and improvisation that delights ALL AGES! A Show of Hands came in Version B: featuring the McWilliamses.

Cantor Sheri Allen

Cantor Sheri Allen has been the part-time service leader at Congregation Beth Shalom for the past five years. She also works as a Chaplain for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, and also does PRN (on-call) Chaplaincy work at THR Harris Methodist Hospital, both in Ft. Worth. Cantor Allen has been leading services, teaching, and creating innovative programming for the Tarrant County Jewish Community for the past twenty years.

Rev. Tom Hudspeth

Rev. Tom Hudspeth, who born hard of hearing and grew up oral deaf, represents the United Methodist Commitee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries at the Task Force. He is the executive pastor and pastor of the Deaf at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. He is the General Secretary of the World Federation of Deaf Methodists, and a consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Deaf & Hard of Hearing Ministries.

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman is a world-renowned Islamic scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana, currently residing in Dallas. He is also the founder of the Islamic Learning Foundation of Texas. He teaches with several prestigious international institutions of higher learning such as Mishkah University, Al Maghrib institute, and Bayyinah Institute. He also currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center.

Sponsors:

M.U.H.S.E.N (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs) is a non – profit umbrella organization serving the community to establish a more inclusive “Special Friendly” environment for our Brothers & Sisters of all Disabilities. Muhsen will advocate, educate, train and implement programs and services nationwide to improve access to Masajids for Handicapped and Special Needs individuals as well as acceptance and inclusion by the community in all aspects.

The event marked the 
first
first
 to include members of all faiths.
And that was just the  
beginning
beginning
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