Posts By Si Si Goneconto

Inter-Racial Dialogue Potluck Dinner

By , Published on January 2, 2018
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Sunday, January 28, 2018, 5 – 7 pm
First Parish Needham Unitarian Universalist
Parish Hall

We know there is so much to discuss inorder to bring about race unity in America.  Our neighborhood conversation is but a ripple in the ocean, but the effect can make a difference. We hope that you can be a part of our circle.

The evening will be facilitated by Needham’s own Mackie Mulvehill, a diversity trainer since her days at Needham High School, College of the Holy Cross, and in her work life as a Teach for America Teacher in D.C. as well a Campus Director for Citizens Schools at Orchard Garden, Roxbury.

Potluck dinner, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are welcome.  Food donations are by last name:  A-G Main Dish, H-M Salad/Side, N-S Deserts, T-Z Soda/Juice.

For questions please email Si Si N. Goneconto at or CMM at


Building Bridges with American Muslims

By , Published on June 9, 2016
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Join us at 12:30pm this Sunday, June 12, in the Parlor for a discussion entitled Building Bridges With American Muslims.  Islam and Muslims have become key issues in discussions about American identity. People of all faith backgrounds have engaged in heated debates about the intersection between Islam and religious tolerance, and these debates will only intensify as the racial and ethnic composition continues to shift in the United States. Muslim Americans constitute one of the critical components of this quiet transformation. Despite the growing size and significance of Muslims in the U.S., surprisingly little is known about this religious community. Our knowledge about the factors that shape their experiences and how their experiences translate into the social, cultural and political arena is limited at best. How can we bridge the perceived gap between Islam and American identity? What, ultimately, does it mean to be American? And what can Christians do to build better relations with their Muslim neighbors? This talk will focus on three main issues: the diversity of Muslim Americans, Islamophobia and Christian-Muslim relations in the U.S. and abroad. A Q&A session will follow.

Craig Considine, a graduate of Needham High School (2003), is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. His research interests include Islam in America, Islamophobia, sociology of religion, race and ethnic relations, and Christian-Muslim relations. Dr. Considine has conducted two major research projects based in qualitative methodologies: “Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam”, which took him to over 100 mosques in 75 American cities to explore American identity through the lens of Muslims, and his PhD research, based on the experiences of young Pakistani Muslim men in Dublin, Ireland and Boston, Massachusetts. His forthcoming book is preliminarily titled, Pakphobia: Islam, Race and Identity in the Pakistan Diaspora (Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group). He has published in academic journals such as Religions and Diaspora Studies, and his opinion pieces have appeared in Fox News, Newsweek (online), The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. Dr. Considine holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Trinity College Dublin. He received his MS.c. from Royal Holloway – University of London and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.