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Islam in a Religiously Diverse United States

U.S. Embassy Tashkent
Urgench, Uzbekistan
October 21, 2004

On October 21, 2004 in Urgench, Uzbekistan, Ambassador Jon Purnell met with participants of the Community Connections "Islam in a Religiously Diverse United States" program to discuss their 3-week trip to the U.S. During the hour-long roundtable meeting, alumni shared their impressions of the U.S. and talked about the effect that the program has had upon their lives.During their time in the U.S., they visited mosques, synagogues, churches, and religious schools, and learned about the role that volunteers play in these institutions. The group enjoyed learning how religious organizations organize charitable acts especially focusing on clothing drives and soup kitchens. The participants hadnít expected their American host families to be so hospitable, and they certainly hadnít anticipated that some of the families would cry when it was time for them to leave.  The group is looking forward to working hard and using the new ideas they gained to benefit their home communities in Uzbekistan.  Photos courtesy Abdumalik Ismailov
Participants sit around table with Ambassador Purnell


Released on October 29, 2004

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