We’d like to thank two of our New Canaan neighbors, Mrs. Shekaiba Bennett and Dr. Shahrzad Mohammadi who joined us for a very special conversation in the sanctuary on April 3rd. They began with a brief overview of the Muslim world and our shared Abrahamic traditions and values, but spent most of the time answering questions and discussing current issues of most importance to all of us, Christians and Muslims alike.
Shekaiba Bennett is a documentary photographer. Ms. Bennett received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, and a Master of Arts in Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She holds a Permanent Teacher’s Certification in Art Education K-12th grades. Ms. Bennett has taught in high schools in New York City, Long Island, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities. She is an actively exhibited photographer, whose work has appeared in art galleries and museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, Tribes Gallery, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Gruss Center for Visual Arts, Gallery Arts India, Graphic Eye Gallery, etc. Ms. Bennett’s work has also been featured in publications and media such as The New York Times, Newsday, NY ARTS, PBS, Town & Country Magazine, and several books. Ms. Bennett is an active member of the New Canaan community. She is the co-chair of the United Nations Committee of New Canaan, a non-profit humanitarian organization. And, she is also the coordinator for the New Canaan International Ladies Group.
Dr. Shahrzad Mohammadi is a practicing pediatrician in Fairfield County. She was originally born in Tehran, Iran, and, after experiencing the tumultuous Iranian Revolution, she moved to Greenwich with her family in high school. She attended Barnard College and Columbia University, followed by Albany Medical College. It was during medical school that she rediscovered Islam and grew to love the beauty of the faith.
A pdf of their presentation may be downloaded here