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**Please note 5 p.m. start time at First Presb. Church in Livermore.**

Interfaith Interconnect hosts October’s religion chat with the Muslim and Hindu Community with the question “How does your faith/congregation address environmental concerns?

The panelists will be Bhawana Kamil from the Muslim Community Center in Pleasanton and Gaurav Rastogi from the Tri-Valley Hindu Temple.

This chat is not at the MCC. It will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., Livermore.

The program is from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  Doors will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to give attendees a chance to chat with people from other cultures and faiths.

5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. | Wednesday, October 9 | First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., Livermore

About the Speaker:
Bhawana Kamil was born and raised in California. She received a BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and accepted Islam soon after graduating. Bhawana traveled overseas to Cairo, Egypt for a few years to study Arabic and Islamic Studies. After her return, she completed a Masters degree in Philosophy from San Jose State University, where she subsequently taught Ethics. Her Masters thesis was entitled, “Toward a Single Consciousness: Challenging ‘Un-American-ness’ of People of Color.” She is an active member of the Muslim American Society (Bay Area chapter), she has served as Chapter President, currently manages the Annual Back to School Backpack Project and the Girl Scouts program, and is a public speaker.

Her Islamic work interests are social justice, service, interfaith and environmental work. She is actively involved in various community organizations, including Girl Scouts, local school and sports organizations. She currently teaches Philosophy at Evergreen Valley College, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and son.