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I-CERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering) volunteers of all ages sorted non-perishable food items and distributed meals at the Atlanta Community Food Bank Holiday Event.

“It gives you a feeling that nothing else can really give you, it gives you a different type of joy. You see what you’re doing and how that is helping the community,” says Maha Jalia, a university student and member of the Atlanta I-CERV team.

Senator David Perdue joins community members and leaders for a picture during a luncheon at the Ismaili Jamatkhana.

Ismaili Jamatkhanas foster an appreciation of pluralism and serve as a perfect venue for sharing the Ismaili Muslim identity and community values with the greater community. Events hosted at the Jamatkhana stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the Greater Atlanta Area. They are often also used to host government and community leaders to enhance relations and find pathways for civic engagement.

Buddhist monks and Nuns from Emory University’s Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Program perform a prayer chant about developing friendship and unity among practitioners of different disciplines.

The members of the Atlanta City Council issued an official Proclamation and joined “faith, community and civic leaders to affirm (our) shared, cherished values of dignity, unity, respect, and compassion for our fellow human beings,” thereby endorsing April 4, 2019, as Atlanta’s inaugural Day of Religious Pluralism.

Representative Beth Moore, the Consulates, panelists, and volunteers celebrate 2019 International Women’s Day and pose for the theme #BalanceforBetter, promoting gender balance.

Storytelling has long been used as a means to share traditions, preserve culture, educate and instill values, even before the advent of writing. Whether through gestures, expressions, music or dance, various forms of oral storytelling have been used historically by families and communities.

Governor Kemp takes a picture with the Ismaili Muslim community of Georgia celebrating Navroz at the State Capitol.

The Georgia State Capitol is one of forty-three National Historic Landmarks in Georgia. It has been the seat of state government since 1889. It has great architectural significance and is also a symbol of Georgia’s history and politics. Described by William R. Mitchell, Jr., former director of the Georgia Historic Sites Survey, as “a monumentally classical-domed and columned structure with a convincing atmosphere of architectural purity and design integrity,” the Capitol was the ideal setting for the celebration of Navroz and viewing of the exhibit, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (AKHCP): Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives.