Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to 1/20/19

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” (Quran 5:8)

Call for Proposals

Islam & Cross-Cultural Competency

The Association of Muslim Chaplains and Islamic Seminary of America in cooperation with the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 9th National Shura & In-Service Training for Chaplains, Imams, and other Service Providers to be held March 23, 2019 at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Mindful of God’s teaching not to allow hate to hold us from being just, this year we seek to further develop capacity within the American Muslim leadership to address cross-cultural issues internally and externally and particularly with regards to prejudice. To this end, we are seeking:

Paper presentations
Book talks
Panel programs
Research posters

that address the conference theme as well as others relevant to Islamic chaplaincy, Muslim mental health, and American Muslim leadership. We are especially interested in proposals that address:

Cross-Cultural competency for working within the Muslim community

Cross-Cultural competency for Muslims providing care for those of non-Muslims
Self-care for leaders and care providers

Prejudice and/or division within the Muslim community

Healing women’s relationship with the masjid/Islam

Responding to Islamophobia

Disaster chaplaincy vis sa vis violence in the community

Care for those impacted by immigration laws, disaster, gun violence, or sexual assault

Supporting economically distressed communities

Support & professional development for women in leadership and community service positions

Reinforcing ethically-based leadership and service

We are looking for presenters who have solidly developed their topic area, are able to inform a diverse audience and deliver insightful engaging presentations. We particularly welcome presentations relevant for seasoned providers that can provide a depth of thought well also being accessible to students in the field. Please contact us if you have a topic that you’d like to explore submitting that falls outside of the theme.

Submission of Presentations

All proposed presentations are to be submitted via email with the subject line “Shura 1440 Proposal” by January 20, 2019 (an extension from the original January 15th date). Submissions should be sent to and Include the following in Microsoft Word format:

  • Name of Presenter(s)
  • Company/Institution
  • Address
  • Email
  • Web URL
  • Phone Number
  • A 50-100 word bio for each presenter
  • Headshot (optional) for each presenter sent as jpeg, tif, gif, or bmp
  • Session title and a maximum 100 word description of the presentation/posters
  • A list of resources and/or bibliography, if appropriate
  • Target skill level of audience (beginning, intermediate, advanced) for presentations
  • AV needs (i.e. PowerPoint, audio, video, etc.)


All presenters agree to participate at their own expense though the conference fee is waived. If needed, financial support for travel is available for presenters (not posterers) as well as hotel accommodation for one night. As this assistance will likely not cover all of your costs, please take this into consideration before submitting. Those displaying posters will need to have their own stand and set up and remove their poster from the designated location personally.

Presentation slots are 90 minutes (including time for questions), limited consideration will also be given for a two session workshop model. Posters will be on display throughout the day without designated presentation time. If you have PowerPoint, please be prepared to either forward it in advance, and/or have saved or a flash drive. Presenters are encouraged to use their own laptops when possible.

Please indicate if you have a preference of presenting in the morning or afternoon due to travel schedules.

Proposals must be received by January 20th, notice of acceptance or rejection will be made no later than January 25th, 2019.


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