• Friendship & Dialogue

    The night of March 31 began at the Atlas Foundation’s 13th annual Friendship & Dialogue Dinner at Boudreaux’s. If you’re not familiar with this organization, its membership is primarily Turkish and aside from promoting that country’s historical heritage and culture, its mission is to promote “mutual understanding, respect and cooperation...

  • 13th Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony

    We live in a world where it seems like the leaders and groups that scream the loudest or avow divisive ideologies or even commit horrific violence not only get the most attention and prominence but are, worse, taken as standing for entire populations, countries, religions, and political belief systems. ....

  • Women’s Day Luncheon with Miranda Brown, CNM

    In honor of International Women’s Day, Certified Nurse Midwife Miranda Brown was at the Atlas Foundation speaking on women’s health. The group seemed to most enjoy discussion about hormone imbalance and endocrine disorders and how much nutrition impacts our health. Other topics covered were adolescent health, pregnancy, birth control, and...

  • Love is a Verb Premiered in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

    DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE In the decade after 9/11, I was vaguely aware that it was not a good time to be a Muslim in America; nor was it a good time to be an American in the Middle East. But for me – like for most Americans –this awareness morphed into...

  • Groups seek to bring faiths together, encourages others to join their neighbors

    BT MARK H. HUNTER I SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE Jan. 22, 2016, 8:37 p.m.   Learning more about the faiths of others can lead to respect and dignity, breaking down the walls that divide and pit people against one another. Often, those of various religions find they have much in...

  • About Mary: Christian and Muslim views

    About Mary: Christian and Muslim views Tuesday, 15 December 2015 Written by Christine Bordelon Two women chatting about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her significance. While that doesn’t seem remarkable, one woman was a Catholic nun and the other a Sunni Muslim speaking Dec. 9 inside the St. Clare’s...

  • Blanket Drive for Syrian Refugees

    Atlas Foundation joined the relief effort by Embrace Relief to help Syrian refugees right around Thanksgiving. We invited Louisianans to contribute to the “Blanket Drive” to help Syrian refugees in Turkey before it got too cold. The tragedy of Syrian refugees is indescribable. Since winter is harsh, the most urgent need for them...

  • WSJ Op-ed by Fethullah Gulen: Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

    Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer By Fethullah Gulen* Aug. 27, 2015 7:32 p.m. ET As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist act...

  • Whirling Dervishes from Turkey to perform in New Orleans

    The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi, famous for their Sufi spiritual practice of whirling, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Louis J. Roussel Hall at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling (504) 865-3240 or at whirling dervishesnola.eventbrite.com.  These authentic Sufi...