Anna Piela, a visiting scholar in religious studies and gender at Northwestern University, is the author of Wearing the Niqab: Muslim Women in the UK and the US. She is also the senior writer at American Baptist Home Mission Societies and co-associate regional minister for white and multicultural churches at the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago. Anna is working with senior minister of Lake Street Church of Evanston on a book project currently titled “Towards an Anti-Islamophobic Church: Preaching, Teaching, and Worshiping against Islamophobia.”

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6 Ways Christians Can Fight Islamophobia This Advent

by Anna Piela 12-15-2023

A mourner holds a candle at an Oct. 17 vigil service for Wadea Al-Fayoume, 6, a Muslim boy who according to police was stabbed to death in Plainsfield, Ill., in an attack that targeted him and his mother for their religion and as a response to the war between Israel and Hamas. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

For many Christians in the West, Advent is a time of preparation infused with prayer, anticipation, and reflection. This year, Advent is painfully marked by more than 18,000 Palestinian deaths — including more than 7,000 children — as a result of Israel’s brutal military retaliation for the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. But the violence stretches beyond the borders of Gaza and the West Bank.