Thankfully, there is hope. Baltimore offers many opportunities for inter-religious encounters, friendship and learning that can help us challenge the culture of polarization. For example, on Dec. 6th, The Walters Art Museum held a panel discussion on Latino and Black Muslims, elevating voices marginalized in mainstream discourse on Islam. On Jan. 7th, The Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) hosted Jewish and Muslim women for an evening of advocacy training at the Maryland State House. The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) will hold a series of workshops and conversations throughout this year that interrogate the intersections of religion and justice in our city.