Did you know that Redding CA is the home of The Euphrates Institute, a non-profit organization promoting peace and justice in the middle east?
In early 2004 Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder and CEO, was on a military base outside Fallujah, Iraq, during a major battle between US marines and Iraqi insurgents. Sitting on the bank of the Euphrates river several weeks later, she was struck by the calm, uninterrupted flow of the water. “With images of the conflict fresh in my mind, I couldn’t imagine how any two scenes could be more different. Yet, even through downtown Fallujah, the river surged on, untouched and unstopped by the chaos, death, and destruction happening around it, still bringing life, sustenance, and hope to the desert. Since that day, I have tried to fully appreciate that powerful lesson. I often wonder how we can be more like the Euphrates river.”
So in 2006, the Euphrates Institute was founded in a response to the critical national interests at stake in the Middle East, coupled with the troubling lack of public awareness about the region–especially regarding the local grassroots efforts to elevate society, reduce terrorism, and promote freedom.
The Redding Chapter of Euphrates Institute is very active:
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 9:00 am – Janessa Wilder interview on KKRN at 88.5 FM
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00 am – Janessa Wilder interview on KLXR at 1230 AM
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – Imam Abu Bakr has invited chapter members to attend a tour of the Islamic Center of Redding Mosque, 1666 E Cypress, Redding CA This is an all-inclusive community of Muslims (Sunni, Shia, and Sufi) from various schools of thought that welcome Non-Muslims to learn about Islam. You’ll be removing your shoes and women could wear a scarf. Around 3:00 many of the chapter plans to go to Anthony’s Mediterranean Cuisine at 2475 Eureka Way, Redding CA.
Saturday, February. 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – Multicultural Day at Central Valley High School
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. – Redding Euphrates Chapter meeting (the first Thursday of the month) at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – Purim Shabbat with Rabbi Sarah at Temple Beth Israel at 8529 Placer Rd., Redding CA
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. – Euphrates Redding Chapter will have a booth at the Whole Earth Day and Watershed Festival in the Sculpture Garden outside Redding City Hall. They will have handouts explaining what the Euphrates Institute is all about and sell T-shirts.
September 12-26, 2016 – Euphrates’ amazing, unique trip to Israel where you’ll tour the Holy Land and hear “the varied perspectives of Israeli guides, Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlers, international journalists, Israeli Defense Force members, Syrian Druze, and activists and peacemakers on both sides of the divide.” There’s an optional added week in Jordan visiting a Syrian children’s refugee camp, Wadi-Rum, Petra, etc.
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